Cherokee Tragedy, The Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People by Thurman Wilkins. Second Edition, Revised. In 1830, at the instigation of President Jackson, Congress passed a law to remove all eastern Indians west beyond the Mississippi. Soon, a minority faction known as the Ridge or Treaty party declared that Cherokee civilization could be salvaged, along with the people themselves, only if they migrate to the West. This book recounts the lives of two leaders of that party, Major Ridge and his son John, with considerable attention paid to a close relative, Elias Boudinot. University of Oklahoma Press, 1986. Softcover, 416 pp.