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After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees' Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880 Paperback – January 1, 1994
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"Journal of Southern History"
A compelling study that should appeal to general readers as well as scholars.
"McLoughlin's analysis of Cherokee politics is nuanced, critical, and acute.
Mary Young, University of Rochester"
An expert chronicle . . . and the crowning achievement in the distinguished career of the late McLoughlin.
The late William G. McLoughlin . . . details as no other historian has the revitalization of a southern Indian nation after removal.
"North Carolina Historical Review"
McLoughlin's analysis of Cherokee politics is nuanced, critical, and acute.
Mary Young, University of Rochester
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This book goes a long way towards filling in the gap between the Removal and current times. As the title states, it specifically covers the years from 1839 to 1880 (the end date seemed rather arbitrary, but it was as good a place to stop as any). 1839 is the year that the Removal began, and although the author does cover it, it's really the starting point for McLoughlin's story of the Cherokee in their new homeland in Indian Territory.
For those who haven't read any Cherokee history whatsoever, this book may not be the best starting point. It doesn't absolutely require foreknowledge of major actors like The Ridge, his son John Ridge, John Ross, Elias Boudinot, Stand Watie and others of note, but it certainly is useful to have some of that knowledge even if it's only because it's easier to keep track of who's on which side. McLoughlin doesn't take a lot of time to build the back story, so it's probably not obvious why The Ridge was such a formidable leader and had so much influence even though he was never Principal Chief.Read more ›
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I got this to learn more about a relatives role in the Native American relocation process known as the "Trail of Tears". Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Martie