Trail of Tears, 1st Edition

  • Julia Coates
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  • ISBN-10: 0313384495
  • ISBN-13: 9780313384493
  • DDC: 975.004
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 264 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This book provides an outstanding resource that introduces readers to Indian removal and resistance, and supports high school curricula as well as the National Standards for U.S. History (Era 4: Expansion and Reform). Focusing specifically on the Trail of Tears and the experiences of the Cherokee Nation while also covering earlier events and the aftermath of removal, the clearly written, topical chapters follow the events as they unfolded in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as the New England region and Washington, DC. Written by a tribal council representative of the Cherokee Nation, this book offers the most current perspectives, incorporating key issues of assimilation, sovereignty, and Cherokee resistance and resilience throughout. The text also addresses important topics that predate removal in the 19th century, such as the first treaty between the Cherokees and Great Britain in 1721, the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, proclamation of Cherokee nationality in the 1791 Treaty of Holston, and the U.S. Constitution.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: A World Unbalanced.
2: The Federal–Tribal Dance.
3: Building the Nation.
4: Rhetoric and Strategies of Resistance.
5: Betrayal and Division.
6: The Trail Where We Cried.
7: Resurrections of a Nation.
8: Biographical Profiles of Key Figures.
9: Boudinot, Elias (1804?–1839).
10: Butler, Elizur (1794–1857).
11: Evarts, Jeremiah (1781–1831).
12: Jackson, Andrew (1767–1845).
13: Marshall, John (1755–1835).
14: Ridge, John (1803–1839).
15: Ridge, Major (1771?–1839).
16: Ross, John (1790–1866).
17: Scott, General Winfield (1786–1866).
18: Sequoyah (1776?–1840).
19: Wirt, William (1772–1834).
20: Wool, General John E. (1784–1869).
21: Worcester, Samuel (1798–1859).
22: Primary Documents.
23: Excerpts from the Treaty of Hopewell, November 28, 1785.
24: Excerpts from the Treaty of Holston, July 2, 1791.
25: Excerpts from the Trade and Intercourse Act, 1802.
26: Excerpts from the Articles of Agreement and Cession between the United States and the State of Georgia, 1802 (The Georgia Compact).
27: Excerpts from the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation, 1827.
28: Excerpts from the Georgia Statute, December 19, 1829 (First Georgia Harassment Law).
29: Excerpts from the Georgia Statute, December 22, 1830 (Second Georgia Harassment Law).
30: Indian Removal Act of 1830.
31: From the Writings of Elias Boudinot, Editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, 1830 (Reflections on the Recent Passage of the Indian Removal Act).
32: Excerpts from the Majority Opinion, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, 1830–1831 (Authored by Chief Justice John Marshall).
33: Excerpts from the Majority Opinion, Worcester v. Georgia, 1832 (Authored by Chief Justice John Marshall).
34: Excerpts from the Treaty of New Echota, December 29, 1835.
35: Cherokee Petition to Congress, 1836.
36: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letter to President Martin Van Buren, 1838.
37: Excerpts from a Letter from Reverend Stephen Foreman (Cherokee) to Reverend David Greene of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Boston, 1838.
38: Excerpts from the Journal of Reverend Daniel Butrick, May 19, 1838–April 1, 1839.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.