The author grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, not far from the Cherokee, and as a child he absorbed many impressions of the Cherokees and stories of their past. Early in life he became aware, as they taught him, that the earth is flat and is suspended from its four corners by great ropes, and in the center of the Earth live the Principal People, the Cherokee. ~John Ehle Penland, North Carolina.
After searching through hundreds of documents, official reports and other contemporary sources, John Ehle has created a heart-stirring story, told with rich detail, of the tragedy of the Cherokees and their Trail of Tears. This book tells the story of the events that led up to the removal of the Cherokees in 1838. Force marched across the continent, many members of the tribe perished along the way from exposure, starvation and murder. "Although the history of the Cherokee Nation has been told before, Ehle's version may be the best. He has found sources previously unused, affording human touches that enliven the narrative. Yet it is not so much the content as the telling the counts here. Ehle can be stark at times and lyrical at times, a style that suits his subject almost to perfection." ~Los Angeles Times
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