The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears by Theda Perdue
The Penguin Library of American Indian History series (Penguin's Library of American Indian History)

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In the early nineteenth century, the U.S. government shifted its policy from trying to assimilate American Indians to relocating them, and proceeded to forcibly drive seventeen thousand Cherokees from their homelands. This journey of exile became known as the Trail of Tears.

Historians Perdue and Green reveal the government?s betrayals and the divisions within the Cherokee Nation, follow the exiles along the Trail of Tears, and chronicle the hardships found in the West. In its trauma and tragedy, the Cherokee diaspora has come to represent the irreparable injustice done to Native Americans in the name of nation building?and in their determined survival, it represents the resilience of the Native American spirit.


 

About Theda Perdue

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Theda Perdue, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recent winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her previous books include Cherokee Women and Sifters.Michael D. Green, Ph.D. is a professor of history and American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The Politics of Indian Removal.
 
Published July 5, 2007 by Penguin Books. 212 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A brief account of the Cherokee people and its tragic encounters with European and American newcomers.

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The Indian Removal Act (1830) fixed in law “a revolutionary program of political and social engineering that caused unimaginable suffering, deaths in the thousands, and emotional pain that lingers to this day.” It's a tangled tale of partisan politics and Cherokee power struggles, of juridical ar...

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