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Agatahi: The Cherokee Trail of Tears: A People's Resistance Against the Forced Removal from their Southeast Homeland as Related in Their Own Words by W. Jeff Bishop

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This is arguably one of the most important non-fiction books about our region published this year. The result of meticulous research, this book brings together for the first time an array of grassroots testimony from the Cherokees removed from the Southern Appalachians to Oklahoma in the 1830s. Their removal was ordered by President Andrew Jackson against the explicit ruling of the United State Supreme Court. Here also are documented writings and speeches by Cherokee leaders and by whites both sympathetic to the Cherokees and instrumental in their oppression. This book is a must for all institutional and individual book collections that attempt to illuminate Cherokee life and the history of the American South in the 1930s. The author, W. Jeff Bishop, is the Executive Director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and holds a Masters Degree in Public History and a certification in Museum Studies. He served for many years as the President of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.

Newnan, Georgia: Boll Weevil Press, 2017. 247 pages with a bibliography and maps. Trade paperback