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This summer marks the 179th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homeland. To commemorate this tragic event, Boll Weevil Press is publishing a book that is the first of its kind, telling the Trail of Tears from the point of view of those who suffered it.
While many books have been written about the so-called “Trail of Tears,” most contain precious little testimony from the Cherokee people themselves, according to author and historian W. Jeff Bishop. When they do include those voices, they typically are those of the political elites of the time such as Chief John Ross, Elias Boudinot, and John Ridge. “And we should include those voices,” said Bishop. “But there’s much more to this story. Where are the voices of the Cherokee subsistence farmer? The widow with young children? The toll collector? The student? The orphan?” This book is an attempt to restore those lost voices, he said, using testimony taken from the Cherokee people themselves.