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Reader ReportThe Trail of Tears is an essay recounting the great migration of the Cherokee people from their Georgian homeland west across the Mississippi Jackson was primarily responsible for the Trail of Tears Though the Indians had been forced to cede their homelands to the United States government for some time Jackson needed the 35000 square miles of Cherokee land in order to sweep the frontier and win the election He promised to open up the land for frontier settlement A small group of Cherokees less than 500 thought it would be best to sign Jackson s treaty and move on They signed the treaty without authority and moved after accepting government bribes The others totaling somewhere around 17000 were later driven forcefully from their homes Approximately one out of every four Cherokees died as a result of the enforced removal Many of the military official involved in driving the Cherokees westward claimed it was far worse than any war they had ever experienced even the Civil War which took place some thirty years later The Great Chief Justice tells about the life of Chief Justice John Marshall his early frontier life rudimentary schooling and great accomplishments a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Marshall was appointed by John Adams during the lame duck part of his administration before Jefferson was inaugurated Marshall was Jefferson s arch nemesis While Jefferson never gave up fighting for state s rights and the confederacy Marshall fought to strengthen the central government and made milestones as Chief Justice he strengthened the weak federal judiciary and made it the final arbiter of constitutional questions The case of Marbury Vs Madison was recognized as a cornerstone of American constitutional law It was the first case to exhibit the true power of the Supreme Court- that the United States courts have the right to declare laws unconstitutional the most extraordinary thing about Marshall was that he never lost his roots as a
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