REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
In this segment, we speak with Daniel Blake Smith, a St. Louis historian, writer and filmmaker.
His new book, An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears tells a seldom-heard tale of Cherokee history. It’s the story of leaders such as Major Ridge, Elias Boudinot and John Ridge – the ones who sold Cherokee lands to the federal government in 1835, a precursor to the Trail of Tears tragedy.
History often paints these Cherokees as traitors or sell-outs. But Daniel Blake Smith’s new book takes a more balanced view.