The Trail of Tears : The Cherokee Story Term Paper

The Trail of Tears : The Cherokee Story
Looks at the forgotten 1838 Trail of Tears, the forced relocation by the U.S. government, which was endured by the Cherokee nation.
# 128131 | 1,585 words | 12 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the forced relocation of the Cherokee nation, called the Trail of Tears, that caused these Native Americas, who prided themselves on equality, to experience direct prejudice and discrimination. The paper describes the groundwork for this relocation that commenced 1802 even though the Trail of Tears did not take place until 1838. The paper further relates that one-fourth of the Cherokee died on the forced relocation march, that the ground of the new land to which they were forced to relocate was infertile, and that the resources which they had grown accustom through assimilation and efforts to coexist with their new neighbors, were now very scarce. A map and a copy of a painting are included in the paper.

From the Paper:

"Over the next two years, the Cherokee people prepared to move, but most still thought their true leader, John Ross, would negotiate a way out of the treaty. Because of this belief in their leader, by the time 1838 rolled around, the Cherokee people were not ready to move. Therefore, Jackson appointed General John Wool to lead these people to their new forced home in the then Oklahoma Territory. However, Wool quickly resigned to side with the Cherokee nation. Then, Jackson appointed General Winfield Scott to carry out the task Wool refused, and he did this with the first group of 3,000 unprepared Cherokee Indians in June of 1838."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis, Kenneth C. 2005. Don't Know Much About History, New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers 1-720.
  • Duvall, Deborah L. 2000. The Cherokee Nation, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing 1-98.
  • Filler, Louis. 1962. The Removal of the Cherokee Nation: Manifest Destiny or National Dishonor?, Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath Publishers 1-118.
  • GIS map of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Digital image. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. National Park Service. <>.
  • Henderson, Matthew A. 2006. Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West, New York, NY: SAGE Publications.

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