Cherokee Removal

Cherokee Removal

The removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homeland in the Southeast to a new territory beyond the Mississippi remains a compelling and controversial event in United States history. The Cherokee, more than any other Native American people, tried to adopt Anglo American culture. In a remarkably short time, they transformed their society and modified their traditional culture in order to conform to United States policy, to fulfill the expectations of white politicians and philanthropists, and most importantly, to preserve tribal integrity. On the eve of Cherokee removal, many white Americans considered them to be the most “civilized” of all native peoples. In this program, Dr. Bill Anderson explores the questions of why the Cherokees were removed and whether removal was inevitable.

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