Voices from the Trail of Tears

Voices from the Trail of Tears

by Vicki Rozema

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Voices from the Trail of Tears by Vicki Rozema

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 Trail 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016778709
Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date: 04/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 394,031
File size: 620 KB

About the Author

Vicki Rozema is author of three books on Cherokee history published by John F. Blair, Publisher, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her first book, published in 1995, Footsteps of the Cherokees: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation, received an Award of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission. Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East, was published in October, 2002. Vicki’s most recent book, Voices from the Trail of Tears, was published in March 2003. Vicki’s historic and travel articles have appeared in Native Peoples, Blue Ridge Country, Country, and Country Extra magazines.

Vicki serves on the board of the Tennessee chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and is a member of the Chattanooga Indigenous Resource Center and Library, Chattanooga Area Historical Association, Chattanooga Civil War Round Table, Clan Montgomery Society International, Bell Clan International, and other organizations dedicated to education or preservation of history.

Vicki’s photography has been published in calendars, books, travel guides, videos, CD covers, newspapers and magazines. Her photo credits include Native Peoples, Southern Living, Blue Ridge Country, Farm and Ranch Living, Reminisce, Birds and Blooms, Country and Country Extra, National Parks, Taste of Home, Now and Then, Crafting Traditions, and other magazines. Vicki works in both color and black-and-white 35mm, teaches photographic workshops, and is available for assignments.

Vicki is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee.

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