Trail of Tears: The rise and fall of the cherokee nation by John Ehle is about the life of mainly one cherokee named Ridge. As he grows he is a huge part in his nations success, and their failure. This book is telling readers about the cherokee nation before, after, and during the trail of tears. How the cherokees coped with all of the situations they had thrown at them, and how the handled certian situations. By forcing the cherokees to move west, Andrew Jackson is now considered a very hateful, backstabbing, inconsiderate person but many people.
This book starts out explaining the cherokee history. It was believed that the American Indians were the lost tribes of Judah. It talks about their nature and discipline within their society, making them a lot like us. They were respectful but young ones were easily offended, and they kept themselves clean. Cherokee women played a larger part then women in europe at the age. They decided what they did with their life, as in who to marry and divorce. Their was a child born. He was suppose to have been on the shaman's tea for seven days to ensure that not even a witch could touch him. However, once the Shaman left the mother allowed the baby to suck on her breast. This babies name was Ridge. As he grew he took easily into the warrior life style, as he was strong built and handsome. He became a raider and a theif. Very good at what he did he aquired lots of items and slaves therefore building himself a farm and finally marring a young cherokee girl named Susanna. He was accepted into the council to let his ideas and thoughts be heard. Maravions moved in and attempted to teach the bible to indians.
Ridge, along with two other half blood cherokees, Hicks and Vann became the three most powerful political leaders. The played along beside a wise cheif named Doublehead. In the end Doublehead was killed by Ridge. Ridge soon became known as Major Ridge and took over the whole cherokee nation as cheif. He was convinced by Andrew Jackson to fight along side him against the Red sticks. Jackson really didnt care about the cherokees well being he, as a war general, just wanted a victory. He wasnt in favor of the cherokees being on american land and thought that by repeatively working deals with them for war he could kill them out. He consistently put them on the front line and above all other soldiers. He soon realized that Ridge was a fine warrior and he respected that, but he was still a cherokee and they were all the same in his aspect. None of the cherokees seen Jacksons real side, they suspected he was grateful of them.
Years past and many other natives came to high power, such as john (Ridge son) and Buck, his nephew. When Jackson finallly became he president he signed many agreements and laws to try to force the natives west. He knew he couldnt actively make them move so he enforced laws and treaties that ensured life would be tougher and meaner on the cherokees. The Cherokee indians were the last to move...