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The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (Penguin Library of American Indian History)

 
 
 
 
The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (Penguin Library of American Indian History)
Author: Theda Perdue - Michael Green
ISBN 13: 9780143113676
ISBN 10: 143113674
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2008-06-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $15.00
 
 

Today, a fraction of the Cherokee people remains in their traditional homeland in the southern Appalachians. Most Cherokees were forcibly relocated to eastern Oklahoma in the early nineteenth century. In 1830 the U.S. government shifted its policy from one of trying to assimilate American Indians to one of relocating them and proceeded to drive seventeen thousand Cherokee people west of the Mississippi.

The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears recounts this moment in American history and considers its impact on the Cherokee, on U.S.-Indian relations, and on contemporary society. Guggenheim Fellowship-winning historian Theda Perdue and coauthor Michael D. Green explain the various and sometimes competing interests that resulted in the Cherokee's expulsion, follow the exiles along the Trail of Tears, and chronicle their difficult years in the West after removal.

Los Angeles Times

With a rich sense of Cherokee culture and history . . . the authors . . . recount a human story, not only tragic but also unbelievably heroic.