Detailed discussion procedure:
If time allows we will hold a short out-of-character debriefing session to examine your own responses to the the question at hand as well as related issues you might like to address.
Homework: Assignment #207
Depiction of Cherokee eviction in 1838 by Max Stanley (left) and map of Indian removal routes from south to present-day Oklahoma and Kansas (right).
Together, we have examined multiple dimensions of the “democratic” visions of Presidents Jefferson and Jackson, noting who was included and excluded from holding a firm stake in the new American republic. Most recently, we have turned our focus to the question of Indian removal, looking to understand the competing perspectives of President Jackson and the Cherokees.
For our unit assessment, we will join many of these threads as we discuss a key question from the perspective of September 1832 (this is after the Worcester v. Georgia decision and before the 1832 presidential election). We will stick to this timeframe as much as is practical, but comments based on information shortly afterward (up to 1840) can still be incorporated into the discussion. Our question:
Additional setup procedure:
Homework: Assignment #206
Sequoyah (1767–1843), inventor of the Cherokee syllabary; Major Ridge (1771–1839), Cherokee leader and grandfather of the first Native American novelist; John Ross (1790–1866), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Thomas McKenney, History of the Indian tribes of North America (Philadelphia, F.W. Greenough, 1838-44). The Hotchkiss School Special Collections.
Cherokee perspectives on Indian removal
Detail from portrait of Andrew Jackson by Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886). New York Historical Society.
Charting Jackson's arguments:
Further questions for discussion:
Homework: Assignment #204