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The Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears

by Michael Burgan

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Describes why the Cherokee Native Americans were forced from their native lands and the journey they experienced to the Indian Territory established by the U.S. government in Oklahoma.


Describes why the Cherokee Native Americans were forced from their native lands and the journey they experienced to the Indian Territory established by the U.S. government in Oklahoma.

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Children's Literature
Most Americans know the plight of the Native Americans. Pushed from their land that they had farmed for generations. Promises of new land and permanent homes were broken continuously. As the American population grew, so did the western expansion. The Indians were caught in the flow. After decades of European and American socialization with the natives, the U,S. government forced the Indians to move yet again. This time it was an 800-mile, six-month trek to Oklahoma. Whether the natives traveled by land or water, the results were the same. Many never made it. The elderly and the young suffered the same terrible fates of death on this journey. It has become known as the Trail of Tears. There are many twists and turns to this dark tale of our history. The reader will find both shame in our past and honor for the natives as he follows along in the details of this travesty. The book is part of the "We the People" series. 2001, Compass Point Books, Floyd
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Well laid out and attractively formatted with a large, clear typeface and ample period reproductions and photographs, this introductory work gives a concise, blow-by-blow account of the events leading up to the Cherokee Removal. Beginning with an overview of early Cherokee contact with whites, the author intensifies the focus through a series of broken treaties beginning with the inception of the United States as a nation and continuing unabated through the Removal of 1838. The brief text makes the full impact of the injustice amply clear without losing objectivity. Although the glossary and "Did You Know?" sections are too brief to be useful, the appended chronology, list of important people, source list (books, Web sites, places to visit), and index are all added pluses. Less detailed than David K. Fremon's The Trail of Tears (New Discovery, 1994; o.p.) or R. Conrad Stein's book of the same title (Children's, 1993), this introduction is well suited to the informational needs of younger students.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
We the People: Expansion and Reform Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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