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Product Details

  • Series: Real Voices, Real History Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: John F Blair Pub; 1 edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895872714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895872715
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Indian Removal Act of 1830 authorized the Federal government to relocate the so-called Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast to lands beyond the Mississippi River. Perhaps the fate of the Cherokees was most tragic; the Cherokees had developed a written language, became fervent Christians, and some even owned slaves. Apparently, they did everything possible to act "civilized" (or white). What they couldn't do, of course, was change the color of their skin, and that doomed them. Rozema, who has previously written extensively on Cherokee history and culture, uses a variety of primary sources, including eyewitness accounts, to recount their sad fate, climaxed by a forced march to Oklahoma during which thousands died. Missionaries write outraged letters describing the mistreatment of Cherokees by white opportunists and government officials. Ordinary soldiers charged with rousting families from their homes describe the suffering of victims. This compilation is often stunning and heartbreaking in its impact, and it is a necessary reminder of one of the most shameful episodes in our history. Jay Freeman
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About the Author

Vicki Rozema is the author of Footsteps of the Cherokees: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation and editor of Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East. She lives in Harrison, Tennessee.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is Ms. Rozema's third book on Cherokee History and an excellent complement to her others. Voices from the Trail of Tears is a collection of first person accounts of the infamous Cherokee Removal of 1838. Drawn from letters, journals, military reports, contemporary newspaper accounts, and even physicians' reports, it offers an in-depth and very personal account of the tragedy referred to by the Cherokees as `The Trail Where We Cried.' This book is different from previous books on the Cherokee Removal because it consists primarily of first person accounts of events leading up to, during, and immediately after the removal and while Ms. Rozema provides introductory notes to each account to explain the events and people who wrote the accounts, the eye-witness accounts are the focus of the book. This book deals more with the experience of the Cherokees held in camps during the summer of 1838 while they were waiting for removal led by Chief John Ross and where it is believed most of the deaths (due to sickness) actually occurred rather than on the trail than previous books. This book also deals more with the actual experiences of the Cherokees on the `Trail Where they Cried' where previous books deal more with the events leading up to the removal.
Voices from the Trail of Tears is an excellent choice for anyone interested in Cherokee history or the removal of the southeastern Indians. It would also be an excellent choice for teachers or researchers including those doing genealogy research. The book is thoughtfully indexed and carefully noted with unobtrusive endnotes and extensive bibliography at the end of the book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By kondor,kondor on August 4, 2005
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You can't get a better perspective on an event than first person accounts. This book was written in such a way. There are accounts by people who were actually there taken from medical reports and recorded information taken from first person accounts of people who were actually in the middle of "The Trail of Tears" as it was happening. An excellent read and factual event of history that just happened to be overlooked in school history books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mountainquiet on July 1, 2008
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This book made you feel like you were a bystander actually watching history happening. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Ellis on June 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an important book because it includes documented accounts of the Cherokee Removal that aren't in some other books on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I also recommend a book that follows the Cherokee author when he walks the 900 mile route in reverse from Oklahoma to Alabama, where Sequoyah invented the Cherokee alphabet: Walking the Trail, One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Published by Random House, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. I saw the author, Jerry Ellis, on a PBS special this spring. Very compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Keene on July 26, 2013
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Documentary is well written and easy to read. Takes reader through the travails of
both the Native Americans displaced, and the military who were ordered to move them.
Sad history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SHERYL. JONES on November 20, 2012
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I like this, but would like to see it combined with the history of where the people were who wrote the diaries, etc. I think a brief intro before each entry by the author would be appropriate. I thought perhaps this book was the result of a doctoral requirement. I have read other books that were merely the result of research without a frame of reference. I know the history since my 5x great grandparents were in that migration. But I think the book would certainly be enhanced by a note or two about where the people were at the time of the diary entry and some notes about how the ones who did make it survived.
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By Darla J Wieand on July 3, 2014
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Love it
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This is the "history" book that should have been used in school. I believe everyone would have had a
much better understanding of our western expansion reality. This work is done so tastefully, yet truthfully.
Both sides are shown as much as possible, simply because it is first hand details from the soldiers who were sympathetic to those being removed. The dialogue from the Cherokee leaders/agents is a bit confusing, as it's hard to imagine someone who is of the people, taking on the roll of the remover! If you already have exposure to removal stories, then it makes more sense. It's helpful that the author has clarified some differences in reports from different narrators. Knowing that so many Cherokee are decendents
from these very survivors of such a horrendous event, is amazing. But to realize how many of what
would have been ancestors, lie in graves along that trail...,is mind-boggling. I will still search for the
read that contains dialogue from the people who were uprooted, but this book is very descriptive.
Locations are well documented, if you are researching where an ancestor may have been buried along the trail.
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