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Case Study - The Cherokee

For discussion

Why did the Cherokee adopt a policy of assimilation/accommodation with whites? What did the policy entail? How effective was it?

Why were they unable to prevent the Trail of Tears?


  • Wm G. McLoughlin, After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees’ Struggle for Survival, 1839-1880
  • Wm G. McLoughlin, Cherokee Renascence in the New Republic
  • Wm McLooughlin & Walter H. Conser, The Cherokees and Christianity, 1794-1870
  • John Finger, The Eastern Band of Cherokees, 1819-1900
  • Theda Perdue, Nations Remembered: An Oral History of the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks and Seminoles in Oklahoma, 1865-1907
  • Theda Perdue, Cherokee Women.
  • Jack Gregory and Rennard Strickland, Sam Houston with the Cherokees, 1829-1833
  • Theda Perdue, Michael D.Green, The Cherokee removal : a brief history with documents
  • Theda Perdue Slavery and the evolution of Cherokee society, 1540-1866 [electronic resource accessible via the library webcat] .