Fran Patton Statham Trail of Tears

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Trail of Tears

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Though educated in a white man's world, Laurel MacDonald, daughter of a powerful Cherokee chief, found fulfillment teaching at the mission school in New Echota, the capital of the Cherokee nation in Georgia. But her happiness was short lived. The beautiful wilderness nation was now a battleground: the Georgia militia's government-sponsored campaign to remove the Cherokee people from their land had pitted friend against friend, brother against brother, white man against Indian.
Imprisoned while awaiting their forced migration out west, families were separated. Disease and despair took their toll. Bravely, Laurel and her people faced the devastating hardship that lay ahead on the wilderness trail. Her heart torn between two men, one white and the other Cherokee, Laurel left behind more than memories. The history of the Cherokee nation, its capital, and her teaching had been woven into the very fabric of her life.
But as official interpreter of the Cherokee detachment, she would fulfill her proud heritage as a Cherokee woman by helping to forge a new nation . . .

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Storytelling takes a back seat to didacticism in Statham's ( The Roswell Women ) grim tale of how, in mid-19th-century Georgia, the Cherokees were robbed, driven from their homes and sent on a forced march westward. A slim story centers on Laurel MacDonald, who--although she is part Scottish--is a member of the Cherokee Nation and teaches in its capital, New Echota. When Georgia's governor confiscates all Cherokee-owned lands, Laurel returns to her old home to search for her parents. But the MacDonald property has become occupied by white settlers who claimed it in a land lottery. As a final insult, the father of the white settler family seizes Laurel's pony: "If I says it's mine, the law says it's mine." Various depressing subplots include the tale of a simple young woman who is raped by white men and subsequently murders her husband. This novel seems calculated to appeal to a YA audience rather than adults. But it is doubtful that there is enough entertainment in Laurel's story to hold the attention of YA readers long enough to get the historical message across.
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