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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - History - 432 pages
A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail.

The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the "Principle People" residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the “trail where they cried.” The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.


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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
49
Section 3
55
Section 4
69
Section 5
88
Section 6
88
Section 7
88
Section 8
88
Section 18
265
Section 19
279
Section 20
293
Section 21
322
Section 22
330
Section 23
330
Section 24
330
Section 25
330

Section 9
88
Section 10
96
Section 11
114
Section 12
168
Section 13
188
Section 14
214
Section 15
230
Section 16
240
Section 17
259
Section 26
330
Section 27
347
Section 28
348
Section 29
363
Section 30
386
Section 31
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Section 32
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About the author (2011)

John Ehle, a sixth-generation North Carolinian, grew up on land once used as hunting grounds by the Cherokee. He is the author of fourteen highly acclaimed works. His novel The Winter People has been made into a major motion picture.

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