Cherokee Trail of Tears

Overview

This is a historically accurate and well researched history of the Cherokee Forced Removal. In 1838, Federal troops imprisoned 13,000 Cherokees in preparation for their removal from their native lands in the southeastern United States to the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). The removal of the Cherokees lasted two years and resulted in more than 5,000 deaths. This edition of The Cherokee Trail of Tears has an insightful and informative text by Duane King discussing the six major routes of the trail and the...

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Overview

This is a historically accurate and well researched history of the Cherokee Forced Removal. In 1838, Federal troops imprisoned 13,000 Cherokees in preparation for their removal from their native lands in the southeastern United States to the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). The removal of the Cherokees lasted two years and resulted in more than 5,000 deaths. This edition of The Cherokee Trail of Tears has an insightful and informative text by Duane King discussing the six major routes of the trail and the seventeen Cherokee detachments that were pushed westward into Oklahoma. It also includes first person accounts and journal excerpts from those who traveled with the Cherokee. In 32 pages of color photographs, a touching and memorable photo-essay by David Fitzgerald looks at the major landmarks of the trail in nine states, as they appear today.  Details of the seventeen attachments are contained in the Appendix.

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"The Cherokee Trail of tears is a small volume that packs a mighty punch..."The Cherokee Trail of Tears" may not be the only book you read about Indian policy in American history, but it should definitely be on the reading list of the well-read citizen." — Peggy Carlson "The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882407524
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 499,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Duane King is the director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previously he was with the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute for five years. He is considered a knowledgeable scholar by the Cherokee and non-Cherokee alike.

David Fitzgerald is an award-winning professional photographer who has over a dozen books to his credit. Beside photographing The Cherokee Trail of Tears, he also photographed color illustrated Native American books: Cherokee, Chicksaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable, Chicksaw Renaissance, The Choctaw Nation, and The Circle of Fire. In 2010 he received the Oklahoma Book Award for lifetime achievement.

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The Cherokee Trail of Tears


By Duane King

Graphic Arts Books

Copyright © 2008 Duane King
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780882407524

"For many years it was assumed that those detachments [under Situwakee and Principal Chief John Ross] that took the Nashville - Golconda route followed the same road across Tennessee and Kentucky. Captain H.B. Henegar, who belonged to the quartermaster's department of the Taylor Detachment, recounted the experience nearly six decades later in 1897. He reported that: 'The Indians all went the same route...across Walden's Ridge to Pikeville, thence to McMinnville, thence over to Nashville.'  A close examination of the primary documentation has revealed that they did not all take the same route. "
---Page 90, Chapter 5, The Northern Route.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements..................................................................Pg 6
Map of removal routes..........................................................Pg 8-9
Foreword by former Principal Chief Chadwick Smith.......Pg 10
Introduction...............................................................................Pg 18
Ch 1: Cherokee Homeland...................................................Pg. 23
Ch 2: Treaty of New Echota & Preparation for Removal...Pg. 41
Ch 3: The Water Route Detachments...................................Pg 47
Ch 4: The Bell Route................................................................Pg 53
  Photo Section I .......................................................................Pg 65
Ch 5: The Northern Route.......................................................Pg 89
  Photo Section II.......................................................................Pg 113
Ch 6: The Benge Route...........................................................Pg 139
Ch 7: The Drew Detachment & Life in Indian Territory........Pg159
Conclusion.................................................................................Pg 164
Appendix.....................................................................................Pg 170
      Departures and Arrivals of 17 Detachments................Pg 170
      Numerical Statistics of Ross Detachments.................Pg 172
      Comparison of Detachments  under John Ross.......Pg 173
Endnotes...................................................................................Pg 180
Index..........................................................................................Pg 184

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