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The Cherokee Removal of 1838-1839 unfolded against a complex backdrop of competing ideologies, self-interest, party politics, altruism, and ambition. Using documents that convey Cherokee voices, government policy, and white citizens views, Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green present a multifaceted account of this complicated moment in American history. The second edition of this successful, class-tested volume contains four new sources, including the Cherokee Constitution of 1827 and a modern Cherokees perspective on the removal. The introduction provides students with succinct historical background. Document headnotes contextualize the selections and draw attention to historical methodology. To aid students investigation of this compelling topic, suggestions for further reading, photographs, and a chronology of the Cherokee removal are also included.

About the Author

THEDA PERDUE is professor of history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her publications include Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 1540-1865 (1979), Nations Remembered: An Oral History of the Five Civilized Tribes (1980), Cherokee Editor (1983), Native Carolinians (1985), The Cherokees (1988), Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998), Sifters: Native American Women's Lives (2001), The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (2001), and "Mixed Blood" Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South (2003).

MICHAEL D. GREEN is professor of history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His publications include The Creeks: A Critical Bibliography (1979), The Politics of Indian Removal: Creek Government and Society in Crisis (1985), The Creeks: A Tribal History (1990), and The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (2001).

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Table of Contents



    List of Illustrations


Introduction: The Cherokees and U.S. Indian Policy

    The Cherokee People

    Early Contact with British Colonists

    The United States "Civilization" Program

    Cherokee Culture Change

    Pressure for Removal

    Cherokee Resistance and Capitulation


  1. Cherokee "Civilization"

    Becoming "Civilized"

    Young Wolf, Last Will and Testament, 1814

    Cherokee Committee, Ruling on Young Wolf's Estate, 1824


A Cherokee View of "Civilization"

    John Ridge, Letter to Albert Gallatin, February 27, 1826


Christian Missions

    Elizabeth Taylor, Letter to Miss Abigail Parker, June 26, 1828

    Sally M. Reece, Letter to Reverend Daniel Campbell, July 25, 1828

    Nancy Reece, Letter to Reverend Fayette Shepherd, December 25, 1828


Quantifying Cherokee "Civilization"

    The Census of 1835


The Cherokee Constitution of 1827

    Constitution of the Cherokee Nation: Formed by a Convention of Delegates from the Several Districts, at New Echota, July 1827


  2. Georgia Policy

    The Georgia Laws

    Georgia State Assembly, Laws Extending Jurisdiction over the Cherokees, December 19, 1829 and December 22, 1830


Georgia and the Supreme Court

    United States Supreme Court, Worcester v. Georgia, March 1832


Dispossessing the Cherokees

    Memorial of Protest of the Cherokee Nation, June 22, 1836


White Intruders

    Zillah Haynie Brandon, Memoir, 1830-1838


  3. United States Policy

    In Defense of the Cherokees: The "William Penn" Essays

    William Penn [Jeremiah Evarts], A Brief View of the Present Relations between the Government and People of the United States and Indians within Our National Limits, November 1829


American Women Organize against Removal

    Catherine Beecher, Circular, Addressed to Benevolent Ladies of the U. States, December 25, 1829


Lewis Cass Justifies Removal

    Lewis Cass, Removal of the Indians, January 1830


Congress Acts

    United States Congress, Indian Removal Act, May 28, 1830


Andrew Jackson Applauds the Removal Act

    Andrew Jackson, State of the Union Address, December 6, 1830


  4. The Cherokee Debate

    Women and Removal

    Cherokee Women, Petition, May 2, 1817

    Cherokee Women, Petition, June 30, 1818

    Cherokee Women, Petition, October 17, 1821 [1831?]


Elias Boudinots Editorials in the Cherokee Phoenix

    Elias Boudinot, Editorials in the Cherokee Phoenix, 1829, 1831


The Treaty of New Echota

    Treaty with the Cherokees, 1835

    The Opposition Continues

    John Ross, Letter in Answer to Inquiries from a Friend, July 2, 1836


The Treaty Partys Defense

    Elias Boudinot, Letters and Other Papers Relating to the Cherokee Affairs: Being a Reply to Sundry Publications of John Ross, 1837


  5. The Trail of Tears


    Memorial of Protest of the Cherokee Nation, June 22, 1836


Forced Removal

    Evan Jones, Letters, May-December 1838


Waiting to Cross the Mississippi

    George Hicks, Letter from the Trail of Tears, January 13, 1839


Removal through a Childs Eyes

    Rebecca Neugin, Recollections of Removal, 1932


Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

    Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Journal, 1841


Removal 150 Years Later

    Wilma Mankiller, Reflections on Removal, 1993



       Chronology of the Cherokee Removal (c. 1700-2003)


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Perdue, Theda; Green, Michael D.
Green, Michael D.
Green, Michael D.
Perdue, Theda; Green, Michael D.
Perdue, Theda
Perdue, Theda
Green, Michael D.
Bedford Books
General History
Cherokee Indians
Native American
Cherokee Indians -- Relocation.
Trail of Tears, 1838-1839
Native American-General Native American Studies
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