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Excerpt: Every primary school child learns about Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma known as The Trail of Tears. Yet we typically do not learn of the few Cherokees who remained behind. Up from These Hills: Memories of a Cherokee Boyhood paints a lively picture of what happened to those who stayed behind and settled on the Eastern Band reservation in Western North Carolina. This book is a collection of stories as told by the editor’s father, Leonard Carson Lambert Jr., who lived most his childhood in or around the reservation during the 1930’s and 40’s.

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