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A riveting history of the white chief who led the Cherokee tribe through their most progressive era, then through their greatest tragedy.
John Ross wasn't Cherokee, but he grew up in their villages and spent his days hunting and fishing with their children. Before the "Cherokee Moses" had reached his 30th birthday, he had fought alongside the tribe, and unified the Southeastern tribes under a democratic government. He went toe-to-toe with President Andrew Jackson, opposing the aggressive policies that were driving Native American tribes further west. His arguments in Congress and the Supreme Court drew the attention of John Quincy Adams and Chief Justice John Marshall, but Ross was ultimately sent away, defeated to march on the Cherokee's long road into exile. "You feel the fate of John Ross and the Cherokees," author Hampton Sides wrote of Hicks' "probing, eloquent" history.