Trail of Tears

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  • What was the Trail of Tears?
  • The Trail of Tears was the long deadly journey that the America forced Native Americans to walk on. America forced them to give up their homelands, where their ancestors had lived, they forced them to go on this deadly journey because America needed the land to pave the way for further white settlement.
  • As President Andrew Jackson noted in 1832, if no one intended to enforce the Supreme Court’s rulings (which he certainly did not), then the decisions would “[fall]…still born.” Andrew Jackson had long been an advocate of what he called “Indian removal.” As an Army general, he had spent years leading brutal campaigns against the Creeks in Georgia and Alabama and the Seminoles in Florida–campaigns that resulted in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of acres of land from Indian nations to white farmers.
  • Andrew Jackson's Opinion on Indian Removal
  • I thought that because of all the trouble that the Indians have caused it would be a good idea to help "civilize" them.
  • John Ross' Opinion on Indian Removal
  • John Marshall's Decision on Worcester v. Georgia
  • My Feelings about the Trail of Tears
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