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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.
©1988 John Ehle (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-04-17

Hard to imagine

Although I have lived in Northeast Oklahoma for the past fifty years, I had no idea of the politics, greed, and terrible unfairness that generated overtaking Cherokee land and lifestyle in pursuit of a “superior, civilized, Euro-American culture. This audiobook tells that story in horrific, painful detail. It is history alive, very informative and a pleasure to listen to. I would recommend this volume to anyone who still believes that the American History has been kind to indigenous people and our slave-based economy. It was a very narrow time for the “land of the free” and “home of the brave. “

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia L. Van Dam on 12-16-16

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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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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