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The Trail of Tears Hardcover – August 6, 1995
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Horrific--sad times in U.S. history. Eloquent writing style, with beautiful observations of nature and the Indians exotic rituals. Powerful, moving, disheartening, and wretched tale of the American Indian extrication from the east to the west, with the insertion of eye witness reports. Extensive references and bibliography.
Gloria brings in some history of the early settlers. The Red Eagle incident was the catalyst, bringing in the gradual manipulation and removal of the native tribes. Because the Indians weren't united, the removal and relocation was made easier. The exile to their new lands were wrought with strife and death with little morose by the military. The white man's fire water reeked tremendous havoc. The false promises--deception; the warring among tribes contributed to the extermination.
The story of the Black Hawk war in Wisconsin is particularly interesting and heart wrenching. When I now hear the Indian names of Wisconsin it will be with somber reflection.
"They [white man] valued possessions and used people; Indians value people and used possessions." --Seminoles
Wish you well
Author, Gloria Jahoda combines inexhaustible research, bringing prominent figures in history to life, with beautiful and sometimes poetic writing to an important and educational book that reads like a fast-paced, succulent novel.
Unless one has extensive prior knowledge in this sordid chapter of American history already, it is guaranteed to provoke outrage. This holocaust is shocking, horrifying and sad in the re-telling and the fact that it is still seemingly swept under the rug by too many, even today.
"The Trail of Tears" is but hardly a beginning in the woes that actually besieged the true Natives of America, but Gloria Jahoda had done wonders in condensing 42 years of brutality, revolting attitudes and devious measures in swindling land and then "removing" the then eastern tribes of Native American Indians (Senecas, Delawares, Shawnees, Choctaws, Sacs, Creeks, Foxes, Cherokee, Chickasaws, Mandans, Potawatomis, Seminoles and Chippewas among others) to what was then considered an uninhabitable, foreign and barren desert land of the west by a government intent on merchandising and stripping ancestral homes, sacred grounds and lands, along with human rights while claiming justification in their systematic plans, blinded by greed.
There is mention of the notable ones with a conscious, not caught up in the misguided, ungodly and unjustly actions ("...the treaty is indeed a thing as illegal as possible...It seems to me that if the government has not decided to be completely unjust, they [the Indians] will be listened to....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard to get into. Historically accurate and well written! Never realized how tragic this was. The Native Americans were treated in an inhumane way! Tragic loss of life!Published 1 month ago by Kathleen K. Humphries
One of the Best books about such a tragic time of Native American HistoryPublished 2 months ago by M. Drake
This book has been very welll preserved to be in the condition it is in! I am very happy with my purchase!Published 5 months ago by Tony Abbott
heartrending. sums up the greatest tragedy in American history.Published 7 months ago by buzzardbreadth
Enjoyed this book greatly. Had heard about the event and wanted to read it for myself. Presented beautifully. A great read.Published 10 months ago by reddog