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Trail of Tears the Rise and fall of the Cherokee Nation Author John Enle Publisher and Copyright Banton Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc Sept 1988 Pages 634 Author John Enle who was a sixth generation North Carolinian grew up in Penland North Carolina on a land once used as hunting grounds by the Cherokee He is the author of 14 highly acclaimed works such as The Winter People The Winter People is being made into a major motion picture Setting This book takes place over the periods of 1771 through about 1841 It takes place during the time when white settlers were trying to take over the Cherokee lands Summary This whole book follows the life of Ridge who was a Cherokee tat played a major role in this whole period of the white man and the Cherokees trying to come together on laws culture and land It tells how Ridge went from a hunter to a warrior to an Indian Chief and finally to a Major in the white mans government It also covers Major Ridges families achievements including his son John Ridges life and contributions in the Cherokee and US nations His brother Watie and is brothers son Buck both who were important in the Cherokee councils and the US negotiations John Russ was also a Cherokee leader who was important especially at the time just before the Trail of Tears in the year 1835 He was the Cherokee Leader who fought our government to leave the Cherokees in Georgia and to eventually take part in the removing of Major Ridge from the Cherokee council and have Major Ridge John Ridge and Buck assassinated He was the person who in the end dealt with the government on the removal of Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma and who dealt with the price the government had to pay the Cherokees to buy their lands in Georgia He was
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