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On This Long Journey, the Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838 (My Name Is America)

On This Long Journey, the Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838 (My Name Is America)

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0545530865

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Critically acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac's exciting JOURNAL OF JESSE SMOKE is now in paperback with a dynamic repackaging!

In 1838 in Tennessee, the Cherokee Nation is on the brink of being changed forever as they face the Removal -- being forcibly moved from their homes and land, in part because of a treaty signed by a group of their own people. Sixteen-year-old Jesse Smoke has been studying at the Mission School, but it has been shut down and turned into a fort for the ever-increasing number of soldiers entering the territory. Now Jesse has returned to his home to live with his widowed mother and two younger sisters. All hope lies on the Cherokee chief, John Ross, who is in Washington, D.C., trying to delay the Removal. Then one night, family members are suddenly awakened, dragged from their homes, and brought at gunpoint to a stockade camp. From there, Jesse and his family are forced to march westward on the horrifying Trail of Tears during the long, cold winter months. It's a difficult journey west, and Jesse's not sure if he and his family can survive the journey.

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has told me: More than 9,000 Cherokees are now in the camps. The army brought in a good many of them, but far more came in peacefully on their own because our chiefs told them to do so. Some other places where Cherokees are being held are Rattlesnake Spring (about 600), Mouse Creek (about 2,500), Bedwell Springs (about 1,000), Gunstocker Spring (2,000 or so), Chetooee (1,300), about 700 here and 700 or more on the ridge east of the agency. About 3,000 Cherokees have been transported west since

to us at first, they now appear to have grown to like or respect us. Many, in fact, are quite ashamed of what has been done to the Cherokees. By the end of the second day of our labors, Reverend Bushyhead — who rolled up his sleeves and worked beside us — was joking with me. My name should not be the same as his, he said. Rather than Jesse, I should be renamed Samson, for my strength was helping to bring down the temple. I joked in return that perhaps his name should be Solomon, for was he not

to do so. All of our detachments have lost many days of travel when they have had to remain in camp because of illness. Meanwhile, word comes to us that the Elijah Hicks party has already reached the western lands on the 4th or 5th of January. Their journey is done, but ours still has weeks to go, for more than 250 miles yet lay ahead of us. Though it is a Sunday, we traveled half of the day and made six miles before camping. January 14, 1839 Missouri seems much less peopled than any of the

twenty-eight. Napoleyan’s last act was to kick the veterinarian who was trying to tend him, breaking two of the man’s ribs. The old red mule then expired with what Jesse swore was a smile on his face. White Will, Jesse’s friend from the camps, devoted several more years of his life to the military. Inspired by his brief friendship with Jesse, he learned to read and write, and rose eventually to the rank of sergeant. After his military service ended, Will took a job at the Qualla Principal

one furrow from running into stumps. Also, in the writing of our history I did not mention the many friends we have had among the white people. Many white men and women have married Cherokees and have thrown their lot in with us. I have before me a newspaper containing the resolution signed by hundreds of good Christians in Philadelphia who condemn the order for our removal to the west. Even General Wool, the soldier sent to oversee our Removal, resigned his post rather than carry on the onerous

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