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Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty by Jace Weaver and Laura Adams Weaver

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This book is part of an award-winning series, called Reacting to the Past, of immersive role-playing games designed to make learning more interesting and thorough than conventional teaching. The series was initially developed at Barnard College, and this book was created by two professors at the University of Georgia. Jace Weaver teaches religion there and Laura Adams Weaver teaches English. Using this book, students take roles in the treaty negotiations of October 1835 between the Cherokee National Council and the United States of America held in Red Clay a small community in Bradley County, Tennessee. The United States was pressuring the Cherokees to accept their terms for the removal of their people to Oklahoma.

This book is actually fascinating, rewarding, and informative reading for those who do not give a hoot about students and games, but want to learn more about the Cherokee and the process that led to the removal of most of them to Oklahoma. Chapters include, for example, “Women in Cherokee Culture.”

Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2022. 223 pages with a Selected Bibliography, Pronunciation Key, Notes, a map, and tables. 8 X 10 trade paperback.