The Long Journey is Christian historical fiction and the first novel in An American Journey series.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law authorizing the removal of southern tribes to Indian Territory in the west. In 1838, the Trail of Tears occur when the remaining people are forcibly removed and marched a thousand plus miles on foot.
George Massey, a twenty year old Cherokee, finds himself being force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838. Eventually, he gets lost in the Kentucky woods and finds a family who takes him in. The novel follows his adventures as he travels west and gets involved in all sorts of historical events from the 1840’s to 1850’s.
The next novel in the series will be called A House Divided. It will follow what happens to the Massey’s during the Civil War.
Want to learn more about the historical events depicted in the novel? Then please check out these links:
The Cherokee Nation website
The Trail of Tears on History.com
The First Emigrant Train to California (PDF) by John Bidwell
The Bidwell-Bartleson Emigrant Party on The California GenWeb Project’s website
Mexican-American War on History.com
Bear Flag Revolt/Republic on History.com
The Gold Rush of 1849 on History.com