The Creek War of 1813-1814 - Issue Guide (Downloadable PDF)
This issue guide is designed for classroom deliberation on a period of Alabama history that deserves more of our attention: the Creek Indian Civil War of 1813-14. Deliberation is a form of discussion where participants weigh the pros and cons of different approaches to solving a complex problem. Participants work through various tradeoffs or consequences of actions with respect and passion, and, over time, they develop skills required for living in a democratic society: critical thinking, communication, judgment, and empathy. This classroom deliberation invites students to consider the difficult choices that faced Creek Indians in 1813.
Imagine you are a Creek Indian, and it is springtime in 1813. Some people are talking about going to war with the United States and Creeks friendly with the U.S. Some people are talking about stopping the Red Sticks from causing any more trouble. Others are willing to move to keep their families safe. You have at least one family member who supports one of these three approaches, and you must decide what to do for yourself and your family.
Option 1: Preserve Our Culture at Any Cost
Option 2: Ensure the Safety of Our Family
Option 3: Make the Best of Our Situation