Book Review for Trail of Tears: the Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle

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Trail of Tears
The authors’ name of the book called Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation is John Ehle. Trail of Tears was published in the United States by Anchor Books, a division of random house, New York and in Canada. This book was published in September 22, 1989. This book has 424 pages.
John Ehle is more than qualified to write on this subject. He has wrote over seventeen books, his first book was published in 1957 so he has over 30 years of experience to write this book. He has had two books adapted into a film, The Winter People and The Journey of August King. He has 11 books of fiction and 6 books of non-fiction mostly involving subjects of the Civil Rights struggle, the
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The treaty of New Echota was signed in 1835 (Edmunds 228.)
There are fourteen chapters in Ehle’s book. This book is written more like a novel than like academic history. This book was created in chronological order. The book was told as a story, which helped keep it interesting. There were maps of the Trail of Tears and charts of the counts of rise and falls of the Cherokee nation. The maps are very helpful if you don’t know exactly where this happened at. Also it gave you an idea of how many deaths and births happened in that time. I think that the thesis of this book could be, “When the Cherokee woman lay down to bear a baby, she did not know that the child she was about to deliver was to be a leader, a chief among his people.” Which is referring to John Ridge, the son of Major Ridge.
The author accomplishes his goal by collecting as much information as he can before he writes. For instance, Ehle includes a good set of sources, such as letter, journal excerpts, military orders, and so and so forth. There are a total of 5 pages of sources. The author wasn’t overwhelmed with masses of data; he relied on a logical development of his ideas.
In order for the author to write this book he must have had to do a lot of research before writing. As stated before, he has a lot of good sources. I thought the book was interesting but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone that has never heard of the Trail of Tears or the Cherokee removal.

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