Johnny Kee's First Commercial CD
Echoes From the Trail
The "removal" of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the east to Indian Territory nearly a thousand miles away in 1838-1839 fulfilled a promise to the people of Georgia by President Jackson, and is part of the reason that President Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase from France - to have lands west of the Mississippi River to relocate Native peoples of the 5 "civilized tribes" (the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muskogee (Creek), and Seminoles) to. The "removal" was especially brutal for the Cherokee, with an estimated 4000, 1/4 of the Cherokee people relocated, dieing either in the stockades or along the trail of disease, exposure, or starvation, giving this historic tragedy the name we know it by, the Trail of Tears.
By the time of the "removal", many of the Cherokee had converted to Christianity, as the first European visitors to Cherokee country were traders and missionaries. The first book published in the Cherokee syllabary (written language characters) was the Cherokee Hymn Book, published in 1829. It is said that the hymns from the Hymn Book, and especially Amazing Grace, were heard many times along the trail, often at scenes like the one depicted in Joyce Bugaiski's beautiful cover art.
Learn more about the Cherokee Hymn Book
and the Trail of Tears
on the Johnny Kee website. You will also find preview sample
sound clips for each song, and an order
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