As part of president andrew jacksons indian removal policy of 1830 the cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the mississippi river and migrate to indian territory now present day oklahoma during the forced march over 4000 of the 15000 indians died of hunger disease cold . Cherokee legends and the trail of tears tom underwood on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers now in its 20th printing this little book contains a fascinating firsthand account of the trail of tears by a us soldier who was there also includes classic legends like how the earth was made and why the possums tail is bare over 300. Considered to be one of the most regrettable episodes in american history the us congress designated the trail of tears national historic trail in 1987 commemorating the 17 cherokee detachments the trail encompasses about 2200 miles of land and water routes and traverses portions of nine states. Cherokee legends and the trail of tears this unique book on the cherokee features childrens stories and a sobering firsthand account of the trail of tears by a us soldier who was there the story is written on the soldiers 80th birthday to his children and recounts his relationship with the cherokee beginning in 1829 and through 1838 to . Legend of the cherokee rose when the trail of tears started in 1838 the mothers of the cherokee were grieving and crying so much they were unable to help their children survive the journey the elders prayed for a sign that would lift the mothers spirits to give them strength
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