The Trail of Tears and the Great Principles of Justice and Humanity (rm 2/3)Wednesday November 20, 2019
7:00 PM until 8:20 PM
National Native American Heritage Month is dedicated to paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
In 1829, the Native American population had dwindled to 125,000 east of the Mississippi River. The Cherokee appealed to the American judicial system and in 1832, the Supreme Court recognized Cherokee sovereignty. However, President Andrew Jackson ignored the ruling and continued his pursuit of forced removal. By 1838, approximately 15,000 Cherokee were "escorted" west. Tragically, 4,000 of them died on their "Trail of Tears."
The United States profited greatly from the land taken from the Cherokee. What we lost as a nation, however, is more difficult to assess, because it is measured against the "great principles of justice and humanity."
Craig E. Uplinger is a teacher of American History and the United States Constitution at Marlboro High School. He is also a James Madison Fellow, Monmouth University's Outstanding Graduate Scholar in History (2015), and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Historical Honor Society.
Co-sponsored by Gary Matoren in memory of his daughter Debbie Lynn Matoren.
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