- Series: Real Voices, Real History Series
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Blair; 1 edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895872714
- ISBN-13: 978-0895872715
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
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Voices From the Trail of Tears (Real Voices, Real History Series) Paperback – March 1, 2003
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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 Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East and Voices from the Trail of Tears. Also an acclaimed photographer, she is a history professor at the University of Tennessee. The first edition of Footsteps of the Cherokees received an Award of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1996. Her honors include the 2014 McClung Award for an article that appeared in the 2013 Journal of East Tennessee History and the Native American Eagle Award for her writings on the Cherokee.
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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.