The Indian Removal Act: Forced Relocation (Snapshots in History)

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When the United States won its freedom from Great Britain, colonies became states, subjects became citizens, and the nations leaders faced a complex question: How did the native people of the United States fit into this new picture? Government leaders concluded that they did not. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 sparked intense moral and political debate, led to the near-destruction of five powerful Southeastern tribes, and exposed the widening gap between the young countrys ideals and its actions.

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This volume opens in 1838 with the troubling story of soldiers arriving at the homes of Cherokee people in the Southeast and forcing them to walk first to inadequate holding areas and then 800 miles westward. Journeying in late fall and winter with meager clothing and supplies, many died of disease, exposure, and exhaustion along the Trail of Tears. The book then backs up 200 years to trace the history of European-American encroachment on the five affected tribes in the Southeast, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole, giving special attention to the actions and influence of Andrew Jackson. The book organizes a good deal of historical information into a cogent presentation of the events and issues leading to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which eventually forced thousands of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Illustrations, many in color, include photos and maps as well as period engravings, portraits, and documents. The book concludes with a time line, a glossary, source notes, and bibliographies. A fine addition to the Snapshots in History series. Phelan, Carolyn
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