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One Of The Many Ironies Of US Government Policy Toward Indians In The Early S Is That It Persisted In Removing To The West Those Who Had Most Successfully Adapted To European Values As Whites Encroached On Cherokee Land, Many Native Leaders Responded By Educating Their Children, Learning English, And Developing Plantations Such A Leader Was Ridge, Who Had Fought With Andrew Jackson Against The British As He And Other Cherokee Leaders Grappled With The Issue Of Moving, The Land Hungry Georgia Legislatiors, With The Aid Of Jackson, Succeeded In Ousting The Cherokee From Their Land, Forcing Them To Make The Arduous Journey West On The Infamous Trail Of Tears Library Journal Well, this is exactly how I learned it in school Oh,well,uh, maybe not exactly In fact, not at all Actually, it s alarming to realize how this version of reality is so totally inconsistent with public school education OK, enough rant.This fascinating story constructed from a personal viewpoint made it that muchcompelling I ll take on faith the quoted letters but suspect that some dots were connected by leap of faith and not historical documentation But that s good enough for me to paint a picture of yet another dirty little era in the rich history of European domination of the western world in the land of the free and the former home of the braves The native americans blew it but then they weren t dealt a particularly strong hand and then played it poorly but not to be faulted I was embarrassed at my ignorance of the degree to which the Cherokee people took steps to adapt in the new world circumstances as well as the amount of inter marriage and assimilation I am working my way through the book and don t find the writing particularly good It seems like a pastiche of well researched facts, historical novel and personal opinions with blurred lines among them But it sure is interesting.Finally finished this book Not a particularly fun read But the subject matter is so compelling and the presentation of facts so incredibly inconsistent with my naive appreciation of New World occupation that the content of this book just pulled me along.Reading this book or something pretty close to it should be required to maintain citizenship. ok, i won t lie this took a long time to get through it s often incredibly dense, and the amount of research that went into it must have been astounding and truth be told, i eventually found myself struggling to read each and every historical detail but that s a shortcoming of my own attention span, not of the book.as an inquiry into race and assimilation, this is about as good as it gets it s not really the story of white settlers and native americans it s the story of cherokees, creeks, moravians, methodists, baptists, slaves, slave owners, half breeds, choctaws and seminoles ehle goes to great lengths to render the transformations the cherokees undertook in their encounters with white civilization yes as most reviews of this book note they took on white customs, but the ambiguity involved in doing so is given fantastic expression the book contains lots of strange little portraits consider general john wool, who arrives to police the cherokee with a strong arm and instead finds himself disgusted with his own people in the face of their treatment ehle gives us a glimpse at some of his letters, which seem sincere, patronizing and paternalistic simultaneously wool s scrappy, military persona is ill suited to his new found empathy so he argues ineffectively on behalf of the cherokee and is eventually removed from his post wool s story is emblematic of the book s remarkable ambiguity ehle considers his subjects in three dimensions the stories are complicated and unsentimental, but also intimate and moving.as a 21st century reader, it s interesting to note the incredible bureaucratic posturing that went into the cherokee s catastrophic removal from georgia when confronted with the native american genocide, it s easy to imagine white settlers as barbaric sadists i m sure many of them were, but trail of tears rarely focuses on scandals and visceral brutality instead, the atrocities arrive slowly through unfair court hearings, shady legislation, broken promises and changing political allegiances its horror is systematic at times it s even somewhat familiar.finally, this book is beautifully written ehle occasionally adopts a literary style that runs the risk of embellishment he gets inside the heads of his subjects to a degree that some historians might be uncomfortable with, but i found it tasteful and engrossing i also enjoyed the diversity of his stylistic approaches the text moves sharply from cold facts to literary poetics, with a healthy dose of original source material thrown in sometimes stretching several pages at a time.if you re interested in native american history and willing to commit to something dense and challenging , this book is essential reading. In the summer of 2008 I found myself dirty and exhausted in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, taking a day off whilst re supplying on a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail As an Englishman alone, I was spoilt for choice between the Dollyworld theme park and the World of Magnets emporium Whilst vacillating on this dilemma over a beer, I fell into conversation with a Cherokee lady who entranced me with a brief history of nearby Cherokee and the tragic history of The Trail of Tears Continuing on the trek, I couldn t help thinking of the forests in a new light, populated by the Cherokee nation Being English I imagined Indian history with horseback braves sweeping across plains a la Hollywood In view of my interest, after finishing the trek, I was gifted this book by an American friend It relates the history and culture of the Cherokee nation including the atrocity of the Trail of Tears.It is far from my Hollywood misconceptionsThe story is sad and enlightening I had no idea of the nature of Cherokee culture and many aspects surprised me Western names, the Irish influence and the politics of the time and area All empires and powers are founded in some respect on the persecution, subjugation and deprivation of minority races or people The land grabs surrounding the Southern Appalachian area are no different.On a negative note, the book does not read easily The style is very stilted and the tone constantly varies from historical to anecdotal, reading like an amateur paper Nonetheless, the bland style is somewhat mitigated by the sad historical story.A must read if you visit this area or have interest in this period of US history Changed my understanding of this area and my hike through it.Can anyone recommend a similar book on Dollyworld or The World of Magnets I had mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, it s obvious that the author did his homework it s very well researched On the other hand, I didn t find it to be a very readable book I often lost track of the main characters and felt this was largely because the author didn t do a great job transitioning from one subject to the next Also, I found his own intrepetations of what might have happened or what might have been going through one of the main actor s mind frequently unsubstantiated and confusing Finally, I had a hard time following much of his research and often wondered about the accuracy knowing that history can never be one hundred percent objective of his representation of events. My great, great grandfather volunteered to remove the Cherokees, so I bought this book to find outabout what he was commissioned to do The book is called Trail of Tears and since I was only interested in the part my ancestor played, I thought I would only have to read half the book Three quarters of the way through I realized the book s subtitle is The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation and that I would probably be reading the whole book Believe it or not, that was OK with me I couldn t put the book down I wanted to know what happened to the Ridges, just as if this book were a novel I ve never read historical non fiction before because I thought it would be boring, but this was not Things I learned the Indians really did make sport of killing people but they were changing their ways that Andrew Jackson was an S.O.B and not worthy of his picture on any denomination of U.S currency. I wanted to like this book I really did.I did finish reading it, but it was one of the most difficult to read books I have come across in a very long time For anyone interested in this subject matter, there are other, much better, books Empire of the Summer Moon about Quanah and the Comanches was fantastic Blood and Thunder about the Navajos and Kit Carson was awesome too I am a fan of this subject matter, even though it is quite obviously a tragic one What Manifest Destiny did to all of the Native American tribes as the country spread West is something we should all know about There is never a way that these tribes can all be re paid for what was taken from them their lands, homes, health, dignity, hunting grounds, customs, traditions and heritage At the very least, it should be taught better to America s youth in atruthful and respectful way.But, the truth remains that this author s style was not easy to read At times it read like a non fictional textbook At other times, it got really artsy and poetry like Some pages shifted from one medium to another and then back again It just all seemed so disjointed to me Frankly, I think that it would have been a much better book if it was 100 or so pages shorter I will continue to look for another story about the Cherokees, because this one was obviously not the right one for me. I m a third Cherokee so this book really means a lot to me Using actual written documents from that time, it depicts the Cherokee Nation as it was before the White man began to enforce his ideals and beliefs It s centered around one of the greatest Cherokees Major Ridge and his family as they grew, adopted the white man s ways, and then fought against Andrew Jackson in court to remain on their ancestral land Trail of Tears takes the history of a great people and examines what life was like and to what extremes they went to in order to fit in with the white man society growing around them It was a time of shame for the United States and a must read for any history enthusiast. Well, now I know.Considering I am part Cherokee, I have been curious about the details of this event for a long time This book was not written in a voice that delivers a dramatic or emotional punch so I felt it lacked a personal touch, a personal touch that would have affected the Cherokee side of me a little deeper But what it lacked in personality, it delivered in information As is the case most of the time, what I thought I knew based on hear say and Hollywood romanticizing, is much shallower than the facts of the actual event Trail of Tears is a well documented story of the relocation of the Cherokee Nation from their ancestral lands in the east, to new lands further west The book takes us far beyond the journey itself and begins early on during the colonization of America by the whites, so we are given the big picture of the overall history that led up to the cruel exodus that took the Cherokee s land as well as many of their lives As our nation ages and growshumble and open, I am appreciative of truth that is revealed, of skeletons that are let out of the closet But lets me honest those skeletons don t just belong on one side of the fence Regardless what you call yourself, we are all human and we all have them And this is why I enjoy books like this We need history with its facts We need to face the truth Otherwise, how could we face ourselves. More than the Trail of Tears this is a very well written history of a crucial span of almost 100 years of the Cherokee and other tribe of the southeast Their social life, the differing political current and their experiences with the whites andVery comprehensive The author is intentionally emotive or expressive at times but done very well He also includes lots of original source material It also challenges a number of myths about the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears The Cherokee were not appreciably becoming integrated in white culture A few half bloods were, but not the vast majority were very traditional, never learning to speak English or read Cherokee Sequoyah was honored for his creation of the Cherokee alphabet but was otherwise irrelevant to the history of his times, having little or no impact on the political and social developments of the tribe Four hundred, not four thousand Cherokee died on the Trail of Tears and smallpox was not a factor for them It was for one of the other five tribes however The Trail of Tears would have been muchbenign as a removal process, not as an overall event in the history of the people, had it not been taken over from the U.S Army and contracted out to the main chief of the Cherokee The Cherokee did not live peacefully with their neighbors or among themselves They were very warlike and violent towards their neighboring tribes and among themselves.The main historical point, that the whites were inhumane racist , greedy, violent, unprincipled, undignified and uncouth, is reinforced throughout The the Cherokee were exceptionally dignified, honest, etc is also made manifest.