Trail of Tears

  • by John Ehle
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail.
The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the "Principle People" residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the "trail where they cried". John McDonough narrates with thoughtful gravity. The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.

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Not really about the Cherokee Nation

I was disappointed by this book. The title and subtitle led me to believe that it was primarily about the Cherokee Nation. I
an fact it was more about the actions and behavior of a handful of people who should have stood up for the Cherokee, but betrayed their people for their own personal financial benefit.
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- Cynthia L. Van Dam

Slow in places

Very informative. Andrew Jackson was a villain, as I had supposed, but one enmeshed in a political climate such that he had no option - but he could have been less of one. John Ross was a calamity, and basically destroyed his own nation by his willful blindness and fundamental political rapacity. And the people and government of the state of Georgia - where part of my family lived - were evil.
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- Chicago Slim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books