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The Cherokee Lottery: A Sequence of Poems

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For the first time in poetic form, The Cherokee Lottery treats one of the greatest tragedies in American history, the forced removal of the Southern Indian tribes east of the Mississippi. When gold was discovered on Cherokee land in northern Georgia in 1828, the U.S. Government passed the Removal Act, and 18,000 Cherokees, along with other southern tribes--Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Creeks--were forcibly relocated to Oklahoma territory. Herded along under armed guard, they traveled in bitter cold weather and as many as a quarter died on what became known as "The Trail of Tears."

In powerful poetry of epic proportions, which Harold Bloom has called his best work, Smith paints a stark and vivid picture of this ordeal and its principal participants, among them Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, and Osceola, the Seminole chief.

Synopsis:

Poetry. American Indian Studies. William Jay Smith first became interested in the forced removal of the Southern Indians while exploring his family background and Choctaw heritage for his memoir Army Brat, and this research was the inspiration for "The Cherokee Lottery".

About the Author

William Jay Smith (born 22 April 1918) is an American poet. He was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970.

Table of Contents

Journey to the Interior

The Eagle Warrior: An Invocation

The Cherokee Lottery

The Trail

The Talking Leaves: Sequoyah's Alphabet

Old Cherokee Woman's Song

The Crossing

The Pumpkin Field

The Buzzard Man

Christmas in Washington with the Choctaw Chief

At the Theater: The Death of Osceola

The Players

The Choctaw Stick-Ball Game

Song of the Dispossed

The Buffalo Hunter

Sitting Bull in Serbia

The Burning of Malmaison

The Artist and His Pencil: A Search for the Purebloods

Full Circle: The Connecticut Casino

Acknowledgments and Notes

Picture Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880684665
Author:
Smith, William Jay
Author:
Wilson, Charles Banks
Author:
Catlin, George
Author:
DuPont, Albert
Publisher:
Curbstone Press
Location:
Willimantic, CT :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Cherokee Indians
Subject:
Trail of Tears, 1838
Subject:
Relocation
Subject:
Single Author - Native American
Subject:
Trail of Tears, 18
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
HB97
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9 x 6.5 in

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