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Cherokee Bible, Austin, Texas

Interesting read from a History Detective transcript:

Elyse: Huh, now I don’t know what to think. Clearly, white people weren’t subject to removal, so it doesn’t seem as if Samuel Parks would have ever been on the Trail of Tears. But there’s only one way to find out for
sure: keep working.

Gwen: I have a hunch about Catherine’s Bible that I want to talk over with Choogie Kingfisher. Elyse discovered that Samuel Parks’ son, Thomas Jefferson, lived in present-day Oklahoma in 1851, so maybe there’s a link between him and our Bible. I’m curious, Choogie. This Bible was published in 1860. That’s a good generation after the Trail of Tears. What was life like for the Cherokee in the Indian Territory at that time?

Choogie: During the Trail of Tears, many parents were lost, and when the children got here, they had no parents, no one to take care of them, and so the missionaries came in and they began to set up orphanages and
schools. And what they were trying to do is Europeanize them, teaching them how to act American, if you will.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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