The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal (Greenwood Guides to by Amy H. Sturgis

By Amy H. Sturgis

In 1838, the U.S. govt started to forcibly relocate hundreds of thousands of Cherokees from their homelands in Georgia to the Western territories. the development the Cherokees referred to as the path the place They Cried intended their very own death, sovereignty, and estate. furthermore, it allowed visions of take place future to contradict the government's prior civilization crusade coverage towards American Indians. The tortuous trip West was once one of many ultimate blows inflicting a department in the Cherokee country itself, over civilization and identification, culture and growth, east and west. the path of Tears additionally brought an period of Indian removing that reshaped the face of local the United States geographically, politically, economically, and socially.Engaging thematic chapters discover the occasions surrounding the path of Tears and the period of Indian removing, together with the discovery of the Cherokee alphabet, the clash among the renovation of Cherokee tradition and the decision to assimilate, Andrew Jackson's imperial presidency, and the negotiation of laws and land treaties. Biographies of key figures, an annotated bibliography, and an in depth number of fundamental records around out the paintings.

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His frustrated wife, burdened with his responsibilities as well as her own, even tried to sabotage his work: ‘‘To this cabin he confined himself for a year, the whole charge of his farm and family devolving on his wife. ’’1 With years of effort drawing to a close Sequoyah found it necessary to teach another Cherokee his system. When he could find no willing adults to help him prove the utility of his invention, he turned to his daughter, Ahyokeh. The girl, at that time only six years old, not only learned her father’s system and demonstrated its use in public, The Cherokee Nation and the Literacy Revolution but also proved instrumental in reducing the syllabary from an unwieldy size, nearly 200 characters, to a more manageable 86.

To his credit, however, he often recognized and wrestled with such moments when pragmatism and ideals collided. In a way, Jacksonianism was the inevitable if unruly child of Jeffersonianism. Many of the tenets of Jeffersonian thought, such as strict construction of the Constitution and laissez-faire economics, provided the backbone of Jacksonianism. As the first president 7 8 THE TRAIL OF TEARS AND INDIAN REMOVAL partially elected by the common citizenry—the 1824 election was the first in which free white men without property could vote—Jackson supported expanded suffrage.

P. 54. 27 28 THE TRAIL OF TEARS AND INDIAN REMOVAL 4. Letter to George Gist, January 12, 1832, in The Papers of Chief John Ross, vol. 1, ed. Gary E. Moulton (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985), p. 234. 5. Elias Boudinot, untitled article in American Annals of Education, April 1, 1832, in Cherokee Editor, pp. 48–58, 55, 49. 6. Daniel Butrick’s Journal, February 22, 1823, Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Houghton Library, Harvard University. 7. William Chamberlain’s Journal, October 22, 1824, Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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