They called the path they took the Trail of Tears because of the bad conditions and many Cherokees died along the way. The three sources about the Trail of Tears/Indian Removal Act help the reader understand the event because they get different stories of how people feel about getting rid of the Natives. The History channel Trail of Tears video shows Jackson is overpowering and doesn’t care about the Natives because he wants the Natives join the U.S. or leave. According to the History
The Cherokee were becoming like the whites, they began to dress like them, and took up some of their ways of life. Cherokee people began to farm, and started to become “civilized” in the eyes of the whites. TRANSISTION TO NEXT PARAGRAPH The Cherokee Indians went through drastic social, political, and economic changes during the 1830’s when they were forced to the lands west of the Mississippi River.
Many Cherokees adopted customs, beliefs and lifestyles of white Americans; they profoundly assimilated White culture because in this way they hoped could survive as a nation in their homeland. However, in 1830, the Indian removal act of 1830 was signed by Andrew Jackson and suddenly everything changed. “The Indian Removal Act in 1830 forced the relocation of more than 60,000 Native Americans to clear
The Trail of Tears event of the removal of the Indians happened in 1838. “At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations.”(History.com Staff). In this event, the Cherokee community of Native Americans was forced by the US government to move from their native home in the Southern part of the contemporary America to what is known as the Indian territories in Oklahoma. Arguments over land, restrictions, and laws were common amongst the Indians and settlers/whites. The settlers also called the “white men” believed that the movement of the Indians would bring peace.
The Native Americans were treated very cruelly and scornfully by white settlers and the American Government. The white settlers and the Government did not show any slight altruism towards the Native Americans' and therefore took their land by force by cheating them through treaties or relinquishing them off with soldiers or after battles. The Trail of Tears was a devastating event that occurred in the 1830's and an example of a grueling era. In 1830 The Indian Removal Act was passed by the authorization of president Andrew Jackson.” Five Civilized Tribes, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. Some people rejected the idea and did not feel it was right to support the Indian Removal Act.
By the end of the decade, very few Native Americans remained anywhere in the southeastern United States, the federal militias came to Georgia to force them to leave their homelands and walk thousands miles westward to a specific designated " Indian territory " across the Mississippi River. This difficult and the journey became known as " the Trail of Tears " because of the great hardship faced by Cherokees. The Trail of Tears was started to be a promising guide experience but resulted in tragedy, it was found in memories of a private soldier by John Burnett which describes the dreadful outcomes of the Native Americans who were forced to move out of their homeland, and travel the Trail where They Cried. John G. Burnett was aware and observed the treatment of the Natives that were being pushed westward. He tell how the Indians were loaded and threatened
The act he created was made to relocate Indians off of American land. The biggest outcome of this was the Trail of Tears. On this trail, 16,000 cherokees walked through one of the hardest winters in American history, and only 12,000 survived. Many people blame this on Andrew Jackson, but it was not Andrew which killed them, it was the winter. The US even bought the land before, so the Indians shouldn’t have been there anyway.
The constitution did not outline specific details for relations with Natives, so as America grew older, the government was left to deal with the Indians however they pleased. As America expanded west in the 1800s, conflict with natives was inevitable. In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, asking the natives to give up their land in exchange for money. Some refused to move off their native land, such as the Cherokees. As a result of this, they were removed and forced to make the journey known as the Trail of Tears.
In 1830, encouraged by President Andrew Jackson, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which gave the federal government the power to relocate any Native Americans in the east to territory that was west of the Mississippi River. Though the Native Americans were to be recompensed, this was not done fairly, and in some cases led to the further destruction of many of the eastern tribes. By early 1800’s, the white Americans established settlements further west for their own benefit, and later discovered gold. Furthermore, Georgia's attempt to regain this land resulted in the Cherokee protesting and taking this case to the United States Supreme Court. Even though the court came to the decision of favoring the Cherokee, Jackson ignored it and with
This is present in the Trail of Tears when the European settlers deemed indians as Redskins because of their skin tone. Indians were viewed as “Devil's spawn - for their skin color and the way they dressed” (an excerpt from Rise from the Ashes). They viewed the indians as demonic because they would wear animals as clothing. Because Europeans worshipped only one god and wore what they considered to be “suitable clothing”, they found the Indians to be heathens due to their worship of the earth and multiple deities. which leads us into our next stage of genocide.