Voices from the Trail of Tears

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Vicki Rozema
John F. Blair, Publisher, 2003 - History - 240 pages
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Although British and American governmental policy had been pushing Native Americans westward for much of the 18"th" and early 19"th" centuries, passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 brought this policy to a head. This act, which provided for the exchange of American Indian lands in the East for lands west of the Mississippi River and for the removal of the Indians to those lands, resulted in the relocation of an estimated 100,000 Native Americans.

Although many tribes were involved in this process, the most publicized removal was that of the Cherokees. In Voices from the Trail of Tears, Vicki Rozema draws from letters, military records, physicians' records, and journal excerpts to provide insight into what actually happened during this period. Through these primary sources, which are presented in chronological order, we follow the feuding within the Cherokee ranks about whether to accept the white man's ultimatum, and if so, how it should be implemented. We have firsthand accounts of how the Indians from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee were rounded up to prepare for their removal. We hear the sympathetic white missionaries pleading for the Cherokees to be allowed to stay in their homeland, and we see how some of these same missionaries dealt with the testing of their faith as they accompanied the Indians on their westward journey. We read official reports and private musings from the soldiers who were ordered to carry out the removal, many of whom ended up sympathizing with their wards. We see the conditions that the people endured as they traveled on what they called "the Trail Where They Cried." We even follow the confusion that resulted when the new arrivals in the West faced assimilation into a culture already established by those who had emigrated 20 to 30 years earlier.

In Voices from the Trail of Tears, the actual participants give us a perspective on what happened during this infamous chapter in American history.

  

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Contents

I Hope My Bones Will Not Be Deserted by You 1821 and 1829
42
Excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix and Indians Advocate on laws preventing the sale of Cherokee lands
43
First Blood Shed by the Georgians February 1830
46
Editorial by Elias Boudinot from the Cherokee Phoenix and Indians Advocate
48
The Enemies of Georgia 1831
50
Excerpt from the Reverend Samuel Worcesters account of his second arrest by the Georgia Guard
54
That Paper Called a Treaty March 1836
62
Report of Major William M Davis to Secretary of War Lewis Cass
63
The Sadness of the Heart August 1838
131
Letter from Cherokee leader William Shorey Coodey to John Howard Payne on the departure of a land detachment
133
A Year of Spiritual Darkness June and December 1838
136
Excerpts from the journal of the Reverend Daniel Sabine Butrick
138
Hail Rain Wind and Thunder March 1839
149
Excerpts from the journal of Dr W J J Morrow
150
One Old Man Named Tsali
154
The story of Tsali as related to James Mooney by the Cherokees
157

Your Fate Is Decided March 1837
65
Brigadier General John E Wools appeal to the Cherokees
67
The Talk August 1837
70
Excerpts from the journal of George W Featherstonhaugh on the Cherokee General Council at Red Clay
72
Too Sick to Travel OctoberDecember 1837
79
Captain B B Cannons journal of a land detachment
81
A Distance Short of 800 Miles January 1838
93
Dr G S Townsends report of a land detachment
95
Under Weigh at Daylight June 1838
98
Excerpts from the Journal of Occurrences on the route of a party of Cherokee emigrants by Lt E Deas
101
Feelings of Discontent JuneSeptember 1838
110
General Nathaniel Smiths report to Major General Winfield Scott on the Whitely and Drane water detachments
112
Report of Captain G S Drane to Major General Winfield Scott
113
Until the Sickly Season Should Pass Away July 1838
116
Letter from Chief John Ross and members of the Cherokee Council to Major General Winfield Scott
118
General Winfield Scotts reply
120
Resolution adopted by the Cherokee Nation conferring power on John Ross and others to undertake the emigration to the West
122
For the Comfort and Wellbeing of This People Summer 1838
124
Letter from Captain John Page to Commissioner of Indian Affairs C A Harris
126
Dr J W Lides list of physicians employed in the emigration and letter to Captain John Page
127
The involvement of Euchella or Utsălă in the story of Tsali as related to James Mooney by the Cherokees
158
Excerpt from the report of First Lieutenant C H Larned to General Winfield Scott
160
Letter from John Page captain and principal disbursing agent to T Hartley Crawford commissioner of Indian Affairs
162
Murdered from an Ambush June 1839
163
Excerpt of letter from John Adair Bell and Stand Watie to the Arkansas Gazette on the murders of the Ridges and Boudinot
166
Letter from John Ross to General Matthew Arbuckle
169
A Citizen of the State of North Carolina 1847 and 1858
170
An Act in favor of the Cherokee Chief Junoluskee as introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly
173
Excerpt from William Holland Thomass speech before the North Carolina Senate as printed in the Weekly Standard
174
If Not Rejoicing at Least in Comfort 1864
178
Written by Himself
179
Guide to Cherokee Detachments 183739
189
General Winfield Scotts Removal Order No 25
194
General Winfield Scotts Removal Order No 62
200
General Winfield Scotts Circular to Cherokee Conductors
202
General John E Wools General Order No 74
204
Endnotes
207
Bibliography
227
Index
233
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