Trail of Tears

0 comments Posted on June 29, 2021

by Anne Greene

Most people in the deep south are acquainted with the history of the Trail of Tears. But I was raised in the Midwest and first heard about the Trail of Tears in church one morning when I lived in Wheaton, Illinois. Being a history buff and unaware of such a momentous event surprised me. The history fascinated me, and my first thought was, that’s a book that needs to be written.

So, I researched the Trail, following it from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where my story begins, through western Kentucky, southern Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, until the Trail ends at Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I saw the outdoor drama Unto These Hills and visited the cultural center Oconaluftee, an 18th century Cherokee village replica. I met the present-day chief in Tahlequah and researched numerous books about the Cherokee Removal.

Then, to make history exciting for my readers, I wrote a novel depicting what likely happened to one college-bound young man forced to travel the Trail. My book, Trail of Tears, The Story of John Ross, released February of this year.

Here’s a bit about my book:

What if you are a twenty-year-old, about to attend college, and your whole world collapses? Your mother and sister are missing, and soldiers murder your father, burn your mansion, and take you prisoner.

Trail of Tears relives one of the most heartrending chapters in American history as the US government transports the self-governing, wealthy Cherokee nation from their ancestral homeland to relocate in hostile Indian Territory.

The Georgia militia force John Ross, with only a trickle of Indian blood flowing in his veins, to walk the thousand-mile Trail of Tears.

After John protects a full-blood Indian girl from the lustful wagon master, the cruel soldier targets John for retribution—until John’s shoved too far.

Bitter animosity explodes from a jealous Army captain as John pushes and pulls his Conestoga wagon over mountain roads made muddy by rain and slippery by snow.

Yet the persuasive voices of the preacher and his daughter have an impact.

A new destiny awaits John at the end of the trail—if he survives. Four thousand Cherokee do not.

Anne Greene delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines.  Anne hopes her books transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Read more about Anne at


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