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Voices from the Trail of Tears

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During the first half of the 19th century, as many as 100,000 Native Americans were relocated west of the Mississippi River from their homelands in the East. The best known of these forced emigrations was the Cherokee Removal of 1838. Christened Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu -- literally "the Trail Where They Cried" -- by the Cherokees, it is remembered today as the Trail of Tears. In Voices from the Trial of Tears, editor Vicki Rozema re-creates this tragic period in American history by letting eyewitnesses speak for ...
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During the first half of the 19th century, as many as 100,000 Native Americans were relocated west of the Mississippi River from their homelands in the East. The best known of these forced emigrations was the Cherokee Removal of 1838. Christened Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu -- literally "the Trail Where They Cried" -- by the Cherokees, it is remembered today as the Trail of Tears. In Voices from the Trial of Tears, editor Vicki Rozema re-creates this tragic period in American history by letting eyewitnesses speak for themselves. Using newspaper articles and editorials, journal excerpts, correspondence, and official documents, she presents a comprehensive overview of the Trail of Tears -- the events leading to the Indian Removal Act, the Cherokees' conflicting attitudes toward removal, life in the emigrant camps, the routes westward by land and water, the rampant deaths in camp and along the trail, the experiences of the United States military and of the missionaries and physicians attending the Cherokees, and the difficulties faced by the tribe in the West. "O what a year it has been!" wrote one witness accompanying a detachment westward in December 1838. "O what a sweeping wind has gone over, and carried its thousands into the grave." This book will lead readers to both rethink American history and celebrate the spirit of those who survived.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895872715
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Real Voices, Real History Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 452,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Epigraph 1
Introduction 3
I Hope My Bones Will Not Be Deserted by You--1821 and 1829 42
Excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate on laws preventing the sale of Cherokee lands 43
First Blood Shed by the Georgians--February 1830 46
Editorial by Elias Boudinot from the Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate 48
The Enemies of Georgia--1831 50
Excerpt from the Reverend Samuel Worcester's account of his second arrest by the Georgia Guard 54
That Paper Called a Treaty--March 1836 62
Report of Major William M. Davis to Secretary of War Lewis Cass 63
Your Fate Is Decided--March 1837 65
Brigadier General John E. Wool's appeal to the Cherokees 67
The Talk--August 1837 70
Excerpts from the journal of George W. Featherstonhaugh on the Cherokee General Council at Red Clay 72
Too Sick to Travel--October-December 1837 79
Captain B. B. Cannon's journal of a land detachment 81
A Distance Short of 800 Miles--January 1838 93
Dr. G. S. Townsend's report of a land detachment 95
Under Weigh at Daylight--June 1838 98
Excerpts from the Journal of Occurrences on the route of a party of Cherokee emigrants by Lt. E. Deas 101
Feelings of Discontent--June-September 1838 110
General Nathaniel Smith's report to Major General Winfield Scott on the Whitely and Drane water detachments 112
Report of Captain G. S. Drane to Major General Winfield Scott 113
Until the Sickly Season Should Pass Away--July 1838 116
Letter from Chief John Ross and members of the Cherokee Council to Major General Winfield Scott 118
General Winfield Scott's reply 120
Resolution adopted by the Cherokee Nation conferring power on John Ross and others to undertake the emigration to the West 122
For the Comfort and Well-being of This People--Summer 1838 124
Letter from Captain John Page to Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. A. Harris 126
Dr. J. W. Lide's list of physicians employed in the emigration and letter to Captain John Page 127
The Sadness of the Heart--August 1838 131
Letter from Cherokee leader William Shorey Coodey to John Howard Payne on the departure of a land detachment 133
A Year of Spiritual Darkness--June and December 1838 136
Excerpts from the journal of the Reverend Daniel Sabine Butrick 138
Hail, Rain, Wind and Thunder--March 1839 149
Excerpts from the journal of Dr. W. J. J. Morrow 150
One Old Man Named Tsali--November-December 1838 154
The story of Tsali, as related to James Mooney by the Cherokees 157
The involvement of Euchella, or U'tsala, in the story of Tsali, as related to James Mooney by the Cherokees 158
Excerpt from the report of First Lieutenant C. H. Larned to General Winfield Scott 160
Letter from John Page, captain and principal disbursing agent, to T. Hartley Crawford, commissioner of Indian Affairs 162
Murdered from an Ambush--June 1839 163
Excerpt of letter from John Adair Bell and Stand Watie to the Arkansas Gazette on the murders of the Ridges and Boudinot 166
Letter from John Ross to General Matthew Arbuckle 169
A Citizen of the State of North Carolina--1847 and 1858 170
"An Act in favor of the Cherokee Chief, Junoluskee," as introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly 173
Excerpt from William Holland Thomas's speech before the North Carolina Senate, as printed in the Weekly Standard 174
If Not Rejoicing, at Least in Comfort--1864 178
Excerpt from the Memoirs of Lieut.-General Scott, LL.D.: Written by Himself 179
Appendix 1 Guide to Cherokee Detachments, 1837-39 189
Appendix 2 General Winfield Scott's Removal Order No. 25 194
Appendix 3 General Winfield Scott's Removal Order No. 62 200
Appendix 4 General Winfield Scott's Circular to Cherokee Conductors 202
Appendix 5 General John E. Wool's General Order No. 74 204
Endnotes 207
Bibliography 227
Index 233
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