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The whites feared and resented the Indians, so people wanted them to leave so they could

have all the fertile land. George Washington wanted to have them educated, but everyone else

wanted them gone so they could have the land.

The Trail of Tears was when Andrew Jackson passed an act to have all Cherokees march

to land past the Mississippi River. The first party left on June 6,1838 and the last party arrived on

March 24, 1839. Over 20,000 Cherokees were forced to march along the Trail of Tears. The

Cherokees were divided to either stay and fight, or leave. By 1840, tens of thousands of Native

Americans had been forced off their land. The Indians were left to seek survival in a new land.

Over 20,000 Cherokees were forced to march along the Trail of Tears. Over a quarter of

them died along the way, even more died when they got to the new Indian territory. By 1838

about 2,000 had left Georgia. After they left, soldiers raided their homes.

The Cherokees were divided to ether stay and fight, or leave. Both ways they all left,

dead and alive. Those who stayed were forced by soldiers to leave; those who left, left

peacefully. They all marched more than 1,200 miles.

By 1840, tens of thousands of Native Americans had been forced off their land. When

Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act to remove them, 3/4 of the states had to agree

and all states agreed. Most Cherokees were forced at gun point. They traveled nearly 1,000 miles

in bad weather.

The Indians were left to survive in a new land. As they walked they were beaten, rapped,

shot, whipped, and much more and many died. The name comes from a Cherokee phrase nunna-

daul-tsun-wi which means "the trail where they cried". Today, many flowers grow along the trail

and the Indians say every spot where a tear hit the ground a flower grows.
(This is a picture of the different trails the Indians took.)

Now-a-days people say they are not racist like back then but just because you don't send

the blacks away doesn't mean you're not racist. Now people make fun of them hurt them for no

reason and it's not just whites, blacks can be racist to they say white cops should be killed for

arresting a black for doing something illegal. So black go on a rampage and destroy a bunch of

shops and set fire to cop cars and even stab white cops. So don't say we aren't racist, because

racist is not just whites offending blacks. It's also blacks talking crap about whites.
Bibliography

Website

http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears

Book

Hakim, Joy (2005). The New Nation, 1789-1850 Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA.

Book 2

Ehle, John (1997) Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Encyclopedia

"Trail of Tears." Britannica School. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 2015. Web. 4 May. 2015.

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