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Acclaimed historians Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green paint a moving portrait of the infamous Trail of Tears. Despite protests from statesmen like Davy Crockett, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay, a dubious 1838 treaty drove 17,000 mostly Christian Cherokee from their lush Appalachian homeland to barren plains beyond the Mississippi. For 4,000, this brutal forced march lead only to their deaths.
©1993 Theda Purdue; 1993 Michael Green (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Steve
  • Ocala, FL, USA
  • 03-23-08

Great audio book

Next to Robert V. Remini's, "Andrew Jackson And His Indian Wars," this book has got to be a classic.

Essentially great American leaders, from Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson, pursued policies of land acquisition from Native Americans; whether by forcing tribes to relinquish land by threats, intimidation and bribery or by forcible removal, European immigrants overspread the continent, dispossessing the natives as we went, until we became a great and a mighty nation.

The book is not always easy listening due to the heart-rending historic narrative. This side of American history, though not new in terms of the history of great empires, is a must for anyone interested in this nation's expansionist history; its pursuit of foreign affairs today which continues to seek what is perceived to be in America's material, security and prosperity interests.

I highly recommend this book. I hope audible acquires other books in the genre.

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great audio book

loved it! it was a great listen. I learned a lot about my people and their struggles

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These are my people.

This book was a great refresher for me of the history of the Cherokee Nation.

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  • ron
  • mars, Pa
  • 11-30-11

read other reviews before deciding on mine

I did not care for the views of the authors views on this subject and how it was written. I felt its a poor story and way to much useless detail. my family was in this and our stories tell a different story and not from the lie of the US government.. you decide. please listen to it before writing a review.

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  • Jane
  • The Irish Hills, Michigan, United States
  • 03-14-11

A thorough account of heart-break and exploitation

This is a really good listen that, if you're a decent human being, will elicit sympathy for the American Indians in relation to the abuse and exploitation they suffered at the hands of the U.S. gov't. It is a fact-based history that demonstrates how greed and the desire for power drives some people to have total disregard for fellow human beings. Listening to this story will enhance your understanding of how American Indians were driven to near extinction.

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