The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101202340
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 577,272
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Theda Perdue is the professor emerita within the history department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her works include Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 and The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears. A recipient of several fellowships and grants, including those from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Newberry Library, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Perdue received her MA and PhD from University of Georgia.

Michael Green is a London-based writer who previously taught economics at Warsaw University and was a senior official in the British government. He is the coauthor (with Matthew Bishop) of Philanthrocapitalism.

Colin Calloway is a British American historian. He is the John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and a professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.

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“ With a rich sense of Cherokee culture and history . . . the authors . . . recount a human story, not only tragic but also unbelievably heroic.”—Los Angeles Times

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The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears: The Penguin Library of American Indian History series 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GBev2008 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good primer on the toxic relations between the U.S. Government and the Cherokee Nation.
Ogmin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A clean and concise telling of the tragedy befalling the Cherokees in the 1830's. The last sentence in this little book (164 pages) sums it up nicely; "The Trail of Tears is their story, but it is also an American story. And if it is a story that we are not proud of, we should make sure that its lesson is well learned: Racism, greed, and political partisanship can subvert even the noblest American ideals." For another look at the Cherokee odyssey, see John Ehle's excellent TRAIL OF TEARS, which tells the story from the viewpoint of the Ridge faction.
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