The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900)

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In 1838, the U.S. Government began to forcibly relocate thousands of Cherokees from their homelands in Georgia to the Western territories. The event the Cherokees called The Trail Where They Cried meant their own loss of life, sovereignty, and property. Moreover, it allowed visions of Manifest Destiny to contradict the government's previous civilization campaign policy toward American Indians. The tortuous journey West was one of the final blows causing a division within the Cherokee nation itself, over ...

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Overview

In 1838, the U.S. Government began to forcibly relocate thousands of Cherokees from their homelands in Georgia to the Western territories. The event the Cherokees called The Trail Where They Cried meant their own loss of life, sovereignty, and property. Moreover, it allowed visions of Manifest Destiny to contradict the government's previous civilization campaign policy toward American Indians. The tortuous journey West was one of the final blows causing a division within the Cherokee nation itself, over civilization and identity, tradition and progress, east and west. The Trail of Tears also introduced an era of Indian removal that reshaped the face of Native America geographically, politically, economically, and socially.

Engaging thematic chapters explore the events surrounding the Trail of Tears and the era of Indian removal, including the invention of the Cherokee alphabet, the conflict between the preservation of Cherokee culture and the call to assimilate, Andrew Jackson's imperial presidency, and the negotiation of legislation and land treaties. Biographies of key figures, an annotated bibliography, and an extensive selection of primary documents round out the work.

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"Designed as a reference for high school students and lower-level undergraduates, this volume examines the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its traditional homeland (a.k.a. the Trail of Tears) in 1838-1839. The perspectives of both the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. government are discussed. Supplemental materials include brief biographies of key individuals as well as a chronology and excerpts from primary documents."

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"Designed as a reference for high school students and lower-level undergraduates, this volume examines the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its traditional homeland (a.k.a. the Trail of Tears) in 1838-1839. The perspectives of both the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. government are discussed. Supplemental materials include brief biographies of key individuals as well as a chronology and excerpts from primary documents."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313336584
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

AMY H. STURGIS is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Belmont University. She is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles in both Native American and Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies, including Presidents from Washington through Monroe, 1789-1825 (Greenwood 2001) and Presidents from Hayes through McKinley, 1877-1901 (Greenwood 2003). Her official website is amyhsturgis.com.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Linda S. Frey   Marsha L. Frey     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Chronology of Events     xvii
Overview: The Trail of Tears as Turning Point     1
The Cherokee Nation and the Literacy Revolution     15
The Jacksonian Revolution, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Popular Opinion     31
Political Parties and the Treaty of New Echota     43
The Trail of Tears     55
Aftermath     65
Epilogue     77
Biographies     83
Primary Documents     97
Selected Bibliography     151
Index     161
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