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The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac

The Trail of Tears

by Joseph Bruchac

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Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 9yo as part of our history curriculum.

Comments: Tells the story of the Cherokee Nation's forced move from the East to West by the United States Government. A short, yet well-written narrative tale of the famous tragic events now known as "The Trail of Tears". Hardships are not watered down but are kept to appropriate language for young readers. The story is told in a very even-handed presentation. Surprisingly so, actually. Events are told as they unfolded, naming both whites and Indians who played a part in signing documents to force the move eastward. The events leading up to, the journey itself and the aftermath are all discussed. With the final chapter discussing the determined spirit of the Cherokees and the new Nation they built for themselves and the current thriving businesses, schools and tribal government. Interesting, well-told story of a shameful event in US History told with in a sympathetic yet unbiased format. Perfect introduction for children to the topic. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jul 29, 2009 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is short, but it hits several key components of the things that happened to the Cherokee Indians in the 1800's. It tells about their interactions with the first settlers from Europe and with the United States government. It tells of how things started out relatively peaceful and fair, but then some powerful white men didn't think that the Indians should have an rights to their own lands. It briefly describes their long journey to the west and some of the challenges and hardships that they faced along the way. ( )
  michelleramos | Sep 25, 2008 |
  hse | Apr 4, 2007 |
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In 1838, settlers moving west forced the great Cherokee Nation, and their chief John Ross, to leave their home land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. An epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal.

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Recounts how the Cherokees, after fighting to keep their land in the nineteenth century, were forced to leave and travel 1200 miles to a new settlement in Oklahoma, a terrible journey known as the Trail of Tears.

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