Essay about The Trail of Tears: Indian Genocide

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“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race.”
-― Martin Luther King Jr.

The Trail of Tears is a historical title given to an event that happened in 1838.In this event, the Cherokee community of Native Americans was forced by the USA government to move from their native home in the Southern part of the contemporary America to what is known as the Indian territories of Oklahoma. While some travelled by water, most of them travelled by land. The Cherokees took 6 months to complete an 800 miles distance to their destination.

The Cherokee marched through, biting cold, rains, and snow. Many people died during this trip from starvation, diseases, exposure,
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Their methods ranged from racist attitudes, broken treaties, false promises, and threats of military challenge. The settlers plan was to relocate the Cherokee community into the great desert that lied west of the Mississippi River. In addition, the white settlers who arrived in America from the Sea annexed much of the Cherokee’s land possessing large pieces of land as they advanced inwards. Some of them even attacked and burned the Cherokee villages in order to send them away from their fertile lands.
This torturous trend did not stop with the settlers. Even the American government that had previously promised, through the words of American founders like Thomas Jefferson, to protect the Indians, treated the Indians cruelly. For example, President Andrew Jackson’s vision for America was not accommodative of the Native American. His policies were notorious for punishing the Cherokee community especially the most assimilated and civilized members. The American government made and broke all the vows it made to the Cherokee community concerning the protection of the native people and their lands. By 1838, the American government was not even attempting to make vows of friendship. Instead, it gave the Cherokee the choice of voluntarily leaving their productive lands or facing a forced eviction. This ultimatum set pace for what was to become a Trail of
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