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What Is The Reflection Of The Trail Of Tears

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TRAIL OF TEARS: WE SHALL REMAIN – AMERICA THROUGH NATIVE EYES
Before I took American History, movies about Indians and US Cavalry Troops influenced my childhood years. I even pretended as a US Cavalry trooper chasing Indians away and rescuing the settlers. The Cavalry represented strength, gallantry, and savior of the oppressed. However, after the lectures and the film, Trail of Tears, they provided me a new perception of the US Cavalry troops. The removal of Indians from their land east of the Mississippi river cast a dark shadow in the American history. Although the Indians reach their new home west of the Mississippi river, the abuse, hardship, and death marked their experience. The government under President Andrew Jackson, exercised abuse of power to remove the Indians from east of the Mississippi river. The Indians tried to fight the legislature signed by the president to remove them from their ancestral land. The land that has been with them for generations. Tribal leaders voiced their disagreement regarding the removal, but some of them favored selling their lands rather than fight the government. John Ross emerged as the tribal representative who fearlessly fought the order of the President Jackson. At one point, it seems they may have the upper point when the Supreme court ruled for the Indians to stay. However, President Jackson ignored the Supreme court ruling and pressed on with his decision. He claims that his goal for
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