A tiny book with a lot of general information!
by ryefish on July 31, 2007For its brevity and diminutive size, this book contains a wealth of information. Theda Perdue and Michael Green have compiled an interesting and compelling narrative on the events that lead to and followed the Trail of Tears tragedy.
I have long known of my Cherokee ancestry and the perils my 3X-Great-Grandfather endured as he was forced from Georgia with his two small children.
This is not one of those books that portends to criticize all whites or the entire U.S. government for the injustices Cherokees undoubtedly endured. Instead, Perdue and Green square much of the blame for forced relocation on Georgia's state officials who held nothing but contempt for treaties signed by the federal government with recognized tribal leaders. "The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears," considers the fact that frequently good natured attempts to cooperate with the Cherokee Nation failed as much as opportunistic whites and political whims of the day sabotaged further efforts for an amicable and just relationship.
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