Discussion of Cherokee Nation chapters 4, 5, & 6.
Why was Indian removal the "only" option for the U.S. government in their dealings with the Cherokee?
If "detribalized" Cherokees decided to remain in designated U.S. states, were they entitled to all rights of citizenship?
How did the War of 1812 and the Market revolution affect the life choices and circumstances of the Cherokee? What forces (as a result of these events) shaped their lives?
Why is the Indian Removal Policy largely associated with Andrew Jackson? How long had the U.S. government had an official Indian policy?
How was the U.S. Constitution used against the Cherokee? What did it prohibit?
Who was John Ross? Why is he a significant figure to the Cherokee nation?
Who made up the Georgia General Assembly? Describe their relationship with the Cherokee Nation. What three tactics did the Cherokee government employ to resist removal? How were these tactics intended to show they were "civilized" and assimilating into white American culture?
What two court cases tried by the Marshall Court in the 1830s were the most significant? What were their rulings/decisions? how did it impact the Cherokee?
How is the Cherokee's designation as a" domestic dependent nation" within the United States problematic?
What was the Treaty of Echota? Why is this a controversial agreement?
Who was John Ridge? What did he propose was the best solution for the Cherokee to accept removal?
What two delegations were sent to D.C.? How did they differ in their negotiations with the federal government? What was the division between the two delegations?
What was the impact of the treaty upon the Cherokee? Why was their agreement to the treaty a means to achieve self-determination?
How long did the trail of tears last? Was there only one trail?
What injustices(there are multiple) did the Cherokee suffer along the way? Did all Cherokee make preparations to leave their homeland?
What parallel/ similarities can you draw between the slave experience in the middle passage to that of the Cherokee removal relocation?
Approximately how many Cherokee perished as a result of removal? Why does the number of casualties NOT matter, according to Perdue and Green?
What was the U.S. federal government supposed to supply the Cherokee with? How were these goods dispensed?
Who were the Old Settlers, Treaty Party and the Cherokee Nation? Among these groups, who were the perceived traitors?
What gains did the Cherokee make as a result of the Treaty of 1846? What losses did they suffer?
Purdue and Green write," Racism, greed and political partisanship can subvert even the noblest American ideals." How does this quote relate to our triad theme, Land of the Free? What connections can you draw between the two?