Trail Of Tears And Blessings Analysis

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Throughout history, there have been many events that have washed away the innocents of mankind. The Trail of Tears is a true historical horror scene, targeting one race, the Native Americans, and removing them from civilization in the most “humane” way. Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, wanted land that was already owned. The signing of the Treaty of New Echota ceded Cherokee land to the United States in exchange for compensation. In 1838 and 1839, the Indian removal policy forced the Indians to give up their land and walk to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). In the end, the trail stretched through nine states, covering 2,200 miles; over 4,000 Indians lost their lives due to cold, disease, or hunger. Marion …show more content…

Dwyer. He is an author of six nonfiction novels and a former History Chair at a college preparation school. In his article, published by The New American, he takes his readers through the journey of being a Cherokee Indian walking the Trail of Tears. Written all in first person point of view, he describes the relationship the Indian had with the white men, the trade made between them, the finding of gold, death, and exile, and the Indian territory. Because of the writing style, Dwyer makes up characters with thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and facts the Indians might have known. From the walk to place to place, the music sang, the history uncovered, and the truth of how Indian were viewed by civilians, this article helps understand the devastating impact brought to the people. “We remember those who had walked the Earth with us, and we labored to build a better country for those who walked after” (Dwyer …show more content…

From the pages he wrote, he captured the idea of how the Native Americans journeyed bravely through the eyes of the unseen or the biased. Bonnie C. Harvey seemed to be stuck on the idea of perfecting people with religion, including the “success of the Choctaws”. She didn’t care to mention that the Choctaws were included in the Trail of Tears along with many others. If I had written Bonny Harvey’s article, I would have included the thoughts of the churches after the Trail of Tears. Marion Blackburn and Julia Busiek both touched on the rarity of U.S. Army Fort Armistead and Mantle Rock, respectively. These two sights are some of the few that remain raw, scared land without new age covering the truth of what accrued on the land. These places are truly a gift to the relatives of the Indians, historians, archeologist, and people who respect the horrors that accrued in 1838 and 1839. The subject of their articles are somewhat similar; they edify the fact that most of the land the Indians walked could not be preserved, and the few that remain

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