Cherokee Nation Case Study

How did many members of the Cherokee Nation, who originally lived in parts of what are now Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, end up living in Oklahoma? These sources allow you to further investigate this story of American Indian Removal.

The Cherokee Nation removal has become known as The Trail of Tears. In 1838–1839 the Cherokee Nation endured a forced march to Indian Territory. A forced march is when one group of people forces others to go somewhere.

Be the Art Historian

What story does this painting of the Cherokee Trail of Tears tell?

  1. Select three people in the painting. Based on what you see, what might each be saying or thinking?
  2. Imagine that you are walking in this forced march. What would you see? How would you feel? What might you hear?
  3. Challenge Question
  4. Which detail in the image is the most important to help explain what the Trail of Tears was like? Explain your answer.
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Trail of Tears painting

This painting reflects how one artist imagined the Cherokee Trail of Tears.


Robert Lindneux (1871–1970). The Trail of Tears, 1942. Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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