This entertaining historical novel has sowed confusion among readers with a sincere interest in Cherokee history. That's because the author has dotted his text with footnotes, and the publisher has labeled it "American history" rather than (what it is) historical fiction. Dear reader, do us all a favor. Don't cite this book in your blog posts, much less your formal research on Cherokee history. If John Ehle's notes lead you to read what he read, then great. But Trail of Tears is not a history book. It's a work of fiction.
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