The Truth about the “Trail of Tears”
by James E. Bradford
When Kathy and I moved to Knox County, Tennessee, in the Community of Concord, we very quickly found out that being from Middle Tennessee was not a thing that one talked about. It was hard for us to understand why there was so much hate and resentment for Middle Tennessee. They referred Middle Tennessee as the “Land of the Devil Worshipers” and to Andrew Jackson as “The Devil himself walking on earth”.
This was a group of English that was not part of the export migration into the United States. They came from England on their own. They built Fort Loudon, and set up a trading post with the Cherokee Indians. They build a Masonic Lodge and a Presbyterian Church, side by side. The first school in East Tennessee was in this old Lodge Building. (Note: This was before Tennessee became a state, but the area was called Tennessee). The Minister of the Church and his wife was the teachers. They had a daughter that never married and she was a teacher there after their death. They excepted Cherokee children in the school and it was in this old Lodge Building that Sequoia, the son of an English father and a Cherokee girl, learned to read and write English.
It was because of the love for the Cherokee people that brought all this hate and resentment for Middle Tennessee who supported the removal of the Cherokee people.
Most of the old people are now gone, and each generation that passes this hate and resentment becomes a little less.
Our history books tell us very little about the real truth of the Cherokee. The University of Tennessee, who has more information and history about the Cherokee than any place in the world. They are now offering a course in “The True History of The Cherokee”. It is not required, but many of the students are taking the courses and the true facts about the worst treatment of humans the world has ever known.