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The New England town of Cornwall rioted when John Ridge proposed to Sarah--not because she was fifteen, but because John was an Indian, a future chief. He and other 'Cherokee Princes read Greek and Latin at these prestigious schools and served as diplomats in Washington for the Cherokee Nation, ninety percent of which became literate and Christian and farm owners. When these scholars returned to their homeland in Appalachia, settlers continued to seek fortunes by taking land from the 'savages.' A young missionary suffered in prison for siding with the Cherokees, and the greatest civil rights case America had yet seen created a constitutional crisis, leading to the assassination of certain Cherokee Princes.
What was the motive for these unsolved murders surrounding the Trail of Tears? The suspects include both U.S. citizens and fellow Native Americans. How did this seminal event affect our soul and future as a nation? Journalist Dean W. Arnold provides a fascinating sourced narrative. Utilizing his trademark style--nonfction with a plot--he delivers a unique and edifying experience, a 'novel' where every exciting action and quote is true.