To learn more about the historic Trail of Tears, choose books and articles from this general bibliography of sources:
Anonymous. "Ross Directed Emigration Detachments." Journal of Cherokee Studies 2 (Summer): 186-87, 1978.
Burnett, John G. "The Cherokee Removal through the Eyes of a Private Soldier." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 180-85, 1978.
Buttrick, Daniel S. 1838-39 Diary. Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Cannon, B. B. "An Overland Journey to the West (October-December 1837)." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 166-73, 1978.
Deas, Lt. Edward. "Emigrating to the West by Boat (April-May 1838)." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 158-63, 1978.
Foreman, Grant. Indian Removal -The Emigration of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1932.
_____. The Five Civilized Tribes: A Brief History and a Century of Progress. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1932.
Henegar, H. B. "Recollections of the Cherokee Removal." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 177-79, 1978.
Hudson, Charles. The Southeastern Indians. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1976.
King, Duane H., and E. Raymond Evans, Editors. "The Trail of Tears: Primary Documents of the Cherokee Removal." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 131-90, 1978.
King, Duane H. Cherokee Heritage: Official Guidebook to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Communications, 1988.
Lightfoot, B. B. "The Cherokee Emigrants in Missouri, 1837 -1839." Missouri Historical Review 56 (January): 156-67, 1962.
Morrow, W. I. I. 1839 Diary. Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri, Columbia.
Mooney, James. Historical Sketch of the Cherokee. Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1975.
Moulton, Gary E. John Ross: Cherokee Chief. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1978.
Perdue, Theda. The Cherokee. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. Prucha, 1989.
Francis Paul. "Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Policy: A Reassessment." Journal of American History 56 (December): 527-39, 1989 .
Scott, Winfield. "If Not Rejoicing at Least in Comfort." Journal of Cherokee Studies 3 (Summer): 138-42, 1978.
Starr, Emmet. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City: The Warden Company, 1921.
Thornton, Russell. "Cherokee Population Losses during the Trail of Tears: A New Perspective and a New Estimate." Ethnohistory 31 (4): 289-300, 1984.
_____. The Cherokees: A Population History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990.
Wilkins, Thurman. Cherokee Tragedy: The Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986.
Woodward, Grace Steele. The Cherokees. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963.
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Did You Know?
Thousands of Cherokee people lost their lives during their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeast to the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the late 1830s. Road conditions, illness, and miserable weather conditions all took their toll on the Trail of Tears, now a National Historic Trail.