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Cherokee: Trail of Tears by David Fitzgerald

In 1838, Federal troops imprisoned 13,000 Cherokees in preparation for the Cherokees? removal from their native lands in the southeastern United States to the Indian Territory of present-day Oklahoma. The removal of the Cherokees lasted two years and resulted in more than 5,000 deaths. Today, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the Cherokees and the paths that seventeen Cherokee detachments followed. The trail encompasses 2,200 miles of land and nine states. This photo-essay tells the story of the trail, while paying tribute to the seventeen Cherokee detachments that were pushed westward into Oklahoma. It includes excerpts from journals and accounts such as the Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, who traveled with a detachment. It documents one of the most heart-stirring and tragic stories in American history.

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ISBN-13: 9781558689053
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.84(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Duane King was appointed Executive Director of Gilcrease Museum and Vice-President for Museum Affairs and Thomas Gilcrease Chair at the University of Tulsa in May, 2008. Previously, Dr. King served as Executive Director of the Southwest Museum of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Southwest Museum in 1995, he served for five years as Assistant Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian for the George Gustav Heye Center, in New York City. Dr. King has taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Cleveland State College, Northeastern State University, and held the first endowed chair in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University.

 Dr. King received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia. His Ph.D. dissertation was A Grammar and Dictionary of the Cherokee Language. He has authored more than one hundred publications on various aspects of Museum Studies and Native American culture and history.

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