The Trail of Tears: Removal in the South

The Trail of Tears: Removal in the South

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When the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson proposed that eastern Indian tribes could be moved west to this new expanse of land. Jefferson's recommendation was in direct response to the demand by white settlers for more land, especially in the southeastern portion of the United States. As a result, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which set in motion the relocation of thousands of eastern Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River. Among the primary tribes targeted for this large-scale removal was the Cherokee.

Despite proving its sovereign status through two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the Cherokee Nation could only delay the removal of its people. On December 29, 1835, members of the Cherokee Treaty Party agreed to give up their people's eastern lands in return for land in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), {dollar}5 million, and the cost of transporting their people west. Thus, in June 1838, the first of at least 16 Cherokee detachments were forced to march west on what would become known as the Trail of Tears.

About the Author:
John P. Bowes is assistant professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791093450
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Series: Landmark Events in Native American History Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

The Context of Indian Removal North and South     7
The Cherokees and Georgia     20
Cherokees and the Supreme Court     37
The Treaty of New Echota and the Aftermath     52
On the Trail of Tears     68
The Price of Cherokee Reunion in Indian Territory     83
Removal and Memory     97
Chronology and Timeline     110
Notes     115
Bibliography     117
Further Reading     119
Index     122

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