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Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory

Andrew Denson


The 1830s forced removal of Cherokees from their southeastern homeland became the most famous event in the Indian history of the American South, an episode taken to exemplify a broader experience of injustice suffered by Native peoples. In this book, Andrew Denson explores the public memory of Cherokee removal through an examination of memorials, historic sites, and tourist attractions dating from the early twentieth century to the present. White southerners, Denson argues, embraced the Trail of Tears as a story of Indian disappearance. Commemorating Cherokee removal affirmed white possession ... More

Keywords: Cherokee, Trail of Tears, Indian Removal, Commemoration, Historical Memory, Tourism, Race, American South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630830
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Denson, author
Western Carolina University