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Joseph Bruchac - On This Long Journey, the Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838

On This Long Journey: The Journal of Jesse Smoke

A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838

Author: Joseph Bruchac

  • AGES 10 - 12 
  • Genre Diaries and Journals,Historical Fiction

When the American government forces the Cherokee Nation westward, their journey becomes known as the Trail of Tears.

Jesse's 1838 journal reveals his sense of alienation and the suffering he witnesses. Offering an example of how hope and forgiveness can prevail, Jesse's diary explores how the Cherokee found the strength to rebuild on their new land.

Joseph Bruchac, a preeminent modern Native American author, accurately represents the tragedy of this moment in history.

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