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