Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

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Doubleday, 1988 - History - 424 pages
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Among the many tales of history and the white man's encounters with the American Indian, none is as bitter or shameful as the removal of more than 18,000 Cherokee from their eastern homelands. In this well-documented work, Ehle discusses the history of the Cherokee nation, and he presents a sympathetic and emotional account of the development of the Cherokee political, social, and religious structure. The various factors, political and social, leading up to the 1838 migration and the ensuing murder of some 4,000 Cherokee tribesmen are also described. Newspaper stories, personal recollections, and diary entries are used to help recount pertinent facts and events.

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Very oddly written and quite mistitled. Trail of Tears addressed only in the final forty pages. Written in a florid, prose style. Lengthy quotations from letters and other primary source material detracted from the book, rather than adding to it. Read full review

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The outlines of this story are well known: in the 1830's the Cherokees, one of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes of the southeastern United States, were forcibly uprooted from their ancestral lands ... Read full review


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Ehle, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, has received the Lillian Smith Prize and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award.

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