This photo book contains more than 120 striking images from the course of the journey, allowing the reader to see how much has changed and how much has remained untouched in the two and a half centuries since Donelson first took to the water. Equally significant, the essays include long-ignored contemporary histories of both the Cherokee whom Donelson encountered and the slaves he brought with him, some of whom did not survive the journey.
Guider, a professional photographer, has created images of every point in the thousand-mile trip from a platform just a few feet above the waterline of three of Tennessee’s most notable rivers.
Jeff Sellers, director of education & community engagement at the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Black Faces along the Cumberland River Basin
Learotha Williams, Jr., professor of African American, Civil War and Reconstruction, and public history at Tennessee State University, and coordinator of the North Nashville Heritage Project
A Cherokee perspective on the founding of Nashville and the late 18th Century
Albert Bender, Cherokee activist, historian, political columnist, and reporter
Modern Times for the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers
Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University