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"Trail of Tears" by Robert Ottakar Lindneux

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"Trail of Tears" by Robert Ottakar Lindneux

Brian Hicks 

When: Wed., Jan. 26, 7 p.m. 2011
OK, as a white person, I would like to say the following: We suck. Really, there's no way to get around the fact that whatever elevated position we occupy in society stems from the fact that we employed guns, smallpox and good ol' fashioned "manifest destiny" to the ends of acquiring slaves, colonies and whole areas of land. And the Trail of Tears is one of our most shameful bits of history, when the Cherokee were sent from their ancestral homelands to head west of the Mississippi. Brian Hicks of Charleston, S.C., a senior writer for

The Post and Courier and part Cherokee himself, chronicles the decision-making process that led to this event in his new book, Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees, and the Trail of Tears. Hicks explores the mind-set of Chief John Ridge, who ultimately made the decision to acquiesce to the U.S. government's wishes. Prepare to learn some history—and potentially feel very guilty—when Hicks reads from and signs copies of Toward the Setting Sun at the Regulator Bookshop starting at 7 p.m. —Zack Smith

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