And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America
you have to know about the Civil War."
—Ken Burns (1953-Present)
|George Armstrong Custer|
|Custer and his troops in 1864|
|Custer's Last Stand|
|Painting by Robert Lindneux in 1942 commemorating|
the suffering of the Cherokee people under forced removal.
(Image Credit: The Granger Collection, New York)
There are many events leading up to the defeat of Custer but none any more devastating to the native American Indian than the Trail of Tears. What did they do that was so wrong to provoke brutally closing the curtain on their native American culture?
Stripped of their dignity, the Cherokee people became victims in one of the saddest episodes of our brief history. Whether man, woman, infant, or young child, all were taken from their land, herded like cattle into makeshift living quarters with minimal facilities and food, then forced to march overland to a destination neither of their choice nor free will.
Trail of Tears
(The Trail Where They Cried)
tensions between Georgia (not yet a state) and the United States.
One of the saddest moves in American history
forced the Cherokee to march one thousand miles
under horrible conditions to the Western United States.
the Cherokee Nation
they lumbered onward
On Trail of Tears:
But their land, located in parts of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, was valuable, and it grew to be more coveted as white settlers flooded the region.
but the Cherokee removal was the cruelest work I ever knew.”