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The Trail of Tears As we learn about the great history of the United States of America sometimes we learn things that may be troubling to our ears As I read The Trail of Tears I was a bit angered about the decisions our great country took on this issue Citizens of the United States are protected by rights The Declaration of Independence clearly states that all men are created equal For the Cherokee Indians however these words have no meaning The Cherokee tribe true natives to this country were treated with no moral respect Dee Brown opens up our eyes to the unfair unjust and inhumane treatment these poor people received Driven from their land and forced to migrate westward where their new homeland lay The drastic measures taken by our forefathers can be forgiven but never forgotten The Indians had lost much of their land to the white man Specifically the areas of Kentucky and much of Tennessee Now the American settlers wanted to take over the area of Georgia where the Cherokee tribe settled The Indians had approximately seventeen thousand settlers in 35000 miles of land In exchange for this land the Cherokees would receive five million dollars and another tract of land somewhere beyond the Mississippi River These people saw this offer as an insult How could a government which controls so much territory want the land where these proud people have settled for centuries The tribe stood firm and refused to give up any more land In 1828 Andrew Jackson a man once believed to be a friend of the tribe was running for President He promised the Georgians that if they helped to elect him he would lend his support to opening up the Cherokee lands for settlement Three weeks after Jackson was elected into office 160 acre lots of Georgia land were sold to white men in public lotteries John Ross a Cherokee leader immediately departed
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