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Toward the setting sun : John Ross, the Cherokees, and the Trail of Tears

Author: Brian Hicks
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2011.
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This book relates the history of the forced relocation of the Cherokee from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to Indian territory in Oklahoma and the struggle by their principal chief, John Ross, to prevent their removal from their ancestral lands. It chronicles one of the most significant but least explored periods in American history, recounting the unknown story of the first white man to champion the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Ross; John Ross
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Hicks
ISBN: 9780802119636 0802119638
OCLC Number: 646112151
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: xiv, 421 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The time of the fall --
An old prophecy --
Little John --
Horseshoe Bend --
A sharp knife --
A traitor in all nations --
One generation passeth --
The reins of power --
A dangerous game --
Turning point --
The schemes of traitors --
1855 --
Where they cried --
Retribution --
The way of the West.
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This book relates the history of the forced relocation of the Cherokee from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to Indian territory in Oklahoma and the struggle by their principal chief, John Ross, to prevent their removal from their ancestral lands. It chronicles one of the most significant but least explored periods in American history, recounting the unknown story of the first white man to champion the voiceless Native American cause. Son of a Scottish trader and a quarter-Cherokee woman, John Ross was educated in white schools. It was not until he was twenty-two, when he fought alongside "his people" against the Creek Indians, a neighboring rebel tribe, that he knew the Cherokees' fate would be his. Cherokee chief for forty years, he would guide the tribe through its most turbulent period; he defended the tribe against white encroachment and Andrew Jackson. Clashes between the two men raged over decades, from battlefields and meeting houses to the White House and the Supreme Court. Jackson felt no shame in ignoring decades of U.S.-Indian treaties as increasing numbers of whites settled illegally on the Cherokee Nation's native land, including Ross's beloved home at Head of Coosa. The chief remained steadfast in his refusal to sign a treaty agreeing to removal. When a group of renegade Cherokees betrayed him and negotiated an agreement with Andrew Jackson's men behind Ross's back, he was forced to give way and begin the journey west. In one of America's great tragedies, thousands of Cherokees died during the tribe's migration on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.

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