The Trail of Tears, an Historical Perspective

| February 3, 2014

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The Trail of Tears The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to look at a historical situation from the perspective of one of its participants. This will allow you to “think historically” about one of the more dramatic events in our history. Readings All of the following readings are in the Web Links: Andrew Jackson, “Second Annual Address to Congress” General Council of the Cherokee Nation, “To the People of the United States” John Marshall, “Worcester v. The State of Georgia” Examine these documents concerning events that led up to the Trail of Tears. Pay attention to the legal arguments offered, as well as to the viewpoints of those involved in the struggle. In a two-page essay write an appeal to the American people from the perspective of a Cherokee Indian in 1836. If your essay is not written from the perspective of a Cherokee Indian, it is an automatic 7 point deduction. Keep in mind events and legal realities of the time as you write. Make sure you do not “jump ahead” to the Removal itself since, based upon the directions given above, the actual Removal had not happened.
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