An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears
The book An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears finds its basis in the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The dispute between the two groups took place with President Jackson leading the Americans and John Ross leading the Cherokee Indians. The author tries to give an account of the events following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 through the eyes of the Cherokees. The Red Indians felt betrayed by the white man and as a result, tension mounted between the two sides and eventually led to a series of massacres and murders before the forced evacuation. However, either side, with each attempting to protect its interests and people, tell the story differently. Based on his approach to the historical event, it is likely that Smith’s goal was to provide insight to the betrayal experience by the Cherokee’s from the American’s promise to them.
While the Cherokees believed that embracing civilization would pardon them from the removal plans of the whites, their land was still taken from them and sold to white settlers. Under the leadership of President George Washington, the American government had decided to live in peace with the Red Indians. According to Smith, Washington’s government had decided that, “…The Indians being the prior occupants, possess the right to soil. It cannot be taken from them unless by their free consent.… To dispossess them … would be a gross violation of the