Week 4 Assignment
We Shall Remain – Trail of Tears Assignment
The video for this assignment is part of a series We Shall Remain. In my opinion, it is the best documentary on the history of Native Americans in this country.
This particular episode deals with the Cherokee Indians, who lived in the Southeast (Georgia and North Carolina) during the 1830s. The story of the Cherokees forces us to consider whether American democracy had room for people of different races as well as religions and classes. The Cherokees had made a number of choices in dealing with the United States. Many chose to assimilate to American culture in an attempt to keep their lands and their Cherokee government.
This video tells the story of the Cherokees in the 1820s and 1830s as they battled with the administration of Andrew Jackson. The great Cherokee actor, Wes Studi, stars in the documentary. You can read more about him on his Wikipedia page. He does indeed speak the Cherokee language.
A– Watch the video We Shall Remain: Trail of Tears
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B– As you watch, answer the questions below. When you are finished, save your work, and upload it into Blackboard.
1– According to the map in the video, the Cherokee Nation was located in what present-day states? (Minute 4)
2– Describe the U.S. policy of “civilization.” What is the promise of civilization? In your opinion are the Cherokees who become more civilized “sell-outs”? (min. 5-6)
3– How do New England whites react to the marriage of John Ridge and Sarah Northrup? Why would they react this way? Is it surprising to you?
4– What percentage of Cherokees owned slaves? Which Cherokees owned slaves? Why do you think Cherokees adopted slavery and emulated Southern planters? (min. 20)
6– What did the Supreme Court rule in Worcester v. Georgia? What was the reaction of John Ross to the decision? What was the reaction of Andrew Jackson? (min. 34-36)
7– How did the “Treaty Party” respond to the pressure of removal? How did the majority of Cherokees view the actions of the Treaty Party? In your opinion, did the members of the Treaty Party make the right decision? (min. 45-48)
8– What did John Ross do to try to stop removal? How many signatures did he acquire? (min. 52-53)
9– Describe the removal of the Cherokees from their homelands (min. 54-60). How did the Cherokees cope with the grief of removal? How many Cherokees died, according to the video?
10– What is the fate of John Ridge? What is the fate of Elias Boudinot? What is the fate of Major Ridge? In your opinion, was their fate deserved?
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