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Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation


Book Overview: Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail.

The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the "Principle People" residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the "trail where they cried." The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.

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John Ehle was an acclaimed American writer, celebrated for his exquisite storytelling and diligent research, which brought historically based fiction in the Appalachian region to life. Born in 1925 in Asheville, North Carolina, Ehle's deep-rooted connection to his birthplace served as the setting for most of his novels. He was instrumental in fusing history and fiction into seamless narratives which portrayed the essence and life of the American South. Ehle's illustrious career spanned over six decades, crafting masterpieces that included significant works like "The Land Breakers" and "The Winter People". His efforts earned him a place in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. An exponent in his field, he was a prominent advocate for education and helped in the establishment of North Carolina's School of the Arts. John Ehle's impact in the world of literature extends beyond his novels. His influence in shaping cultural and educational initiatives places him as an influential figure in North Carolina's history. His death in 2018 left a legacy of vibrant storytelling and a deep-seated love for the history and people of the Appalachians.

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