The bibliography below contains general information about the Trail of Tears that I consulted while writing Only One Way Home. (In future blog posts I’ll give my sources for the topics covered therein. So please visit again soon.)
Although I always love doing the research for my books, much of the following was difficult to read. I often had to stop to wipe my eyes and blow my nose before continuing. My editor told me she was near tears herself at several points while reading Only One Way Home.
It wasn’t my intention to make readers cry (and there’s lots of comic relief to lighten the dark subject), but as one Amazon reviewer said about another of my books, “Some of the subject matter is hard to take but it did happen and if we forget it it just may happen again.”
So let us not forget!
The Cherokee Nation website: http://www.cherokee.org/Home.aspx
U.S. government site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5156722.pdf (The best all round site, which I think is the least the government can do. Great chart showing detachments and survival rates and lots of other info.)
All Things Cherokee website: http://www.allthingscherokee.com/articles_gene_121100.html
Cherokee Tragedy: the Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People. Thurman Wilkins. University of Oklahoma Press, 1986.
Living Stories of the Cherokee. ed. Barbara R. Duncan. University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Exodus Across Egypt: The Cherokee Trail of Tears Through Southern Illinois, The Saga of Southern Illinois, Darrel Dexter, 2000. 27(2):2-23.
Jackson’s Position on the Indian Removal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Removal_Act
A Map of the Trail of Tears: http://thomaslegion.net/cherokee_trail_of_tears_map_history.html Decatur County (Tennessee county history series)
Pope County Historical Society: https://archive.org/stream/popecountynotes00alle#page/n3/mode/2up
Pope County History http://www.popeco.net/history/history.html
Other Tribes that Suffered the same Treatment: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/the-long-walk-a-tragedy-unobserved-years-later/article_22f697c9-5cb0-5fed-bbfc-696e56dd35fb.html
The Cherokee Nation in Southern Illinois, article by Linda Rush in The Southern: http://thesouthern.com/progress/section3/the-cherokee-nation-in-southern-illinois/article_e3c092a6-f40a-11e0-8279-001cc4c03286.html
Author Gail Lukasik website: http://gaillukasik.com/journal/
Trail of Tears Tours: http://www.fourwheeler.com/events/1211-4wd-traveling-the-trail-of-tears/
It would be so nice of you to share!