An American Betrayal

Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears

Daniel Blake Smith

St. Martin's Griffin

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Though the tragedy of the Trail of Tears is widely recognized today, the pervasive effects of the tribe's uprooting have never been examined in detail. Despite the Cherokees' efforts to assimilate with the dominant white culture—running their own newspaper, ratifying a constitution based on that of the United States—they were never able to integrate fully with white men in the New World.

In An American Betrayal, Daniel Blake Smith's vivid prose brings to life a host of memorable characters: the veteran Indian-fighter Andrew Jackson, who adopted a young Indian boy into his home; Chief John Ross, only one-eighth Cherokee, who commanded the loyalty of most Cherokees because of his relentless effort to remain on their native soil; most dramatically, the dissenters in Cherokee country—especially Elias Boudinot and John Ridge, gifted young men who were educated in a New England academy but whose marriages to local white girls erupted in racial epithets, effigy burnings, and the closing of the school.

Smith, an award-winning historian, offers an eye-opening view of why neither assimilation nor Cherokee independence could succeed in Jacksonian America.

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Daniel Blake Smith

Daniel Blake Smith is the author of The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown, Inside the Great House: Planter Family Life in Eighteenth Century Chesapeake Society, and many articles on early American history. Formerly a professor of colonial American history at the University of Kentucky, Smith now lives in St. Louis where he works as a screenwriter and filmmaker.

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An American Betrayal
Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears
Daniel Blake Smith

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250012173
ISBN10: 1250012171
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$20.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
November 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805089554
ISBN10: 0805089551
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$28.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
November 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429973960
ISBN10: 142997396X
336 pages
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