Trail of Tears 4

Trail of Tears 4 - Indians and the state of Georgia....

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May 31, 1831 Dear Journal, This was just another ordinary day. My wife cooked chicken fried steak for dinner and apple pie for dessert. Since I am starting to make more money, I was able to move my family closer to town. I just bought a five bedroom house on what seems to have been a plantation. There is plenty of land for the children to run around. My kids remind me so much of myself when I was that age. My son John is now five years old. He is a momma’s boy because only his momma can get him out of trouble when he messes up. My daughter Jennifer just turned one year old. She is so beautiful and I hold her in my arms as much as possible. She already gets whatever she wants; I’m such a push-over. About a week ago, I received a letter from my cousin Melvin. He lives in Washington D.C. He was telling me that he had news that was going to affect me. I almost did not read the letter because he only writes me when he needs to borrow money. This time was different. He told me that there was a conflict between the Cherokee
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Unformatted text preview: Indians and the state of Georgia. Georgia wanted to kick the Cherokee Indians out of the state. The Cherokee believed that they had a right to live in the territory because they were there first. Obviously, the state of Georgia did not see it that way. I was kind of torn on the subject. On one hand, the Cherokee were Indians and no one, including me, wants them around. On the other hand, they were here first and they do have a right to their own land. I think that if I had to choose, I would like them gone. This would not give anyone a reason to cause any more chaos. Later in the letter, Melvin goes on to say that the Cherokee nation actually sued the state of Georgia. They lost their case because Chief Justice John Marshall said that they could not sue because they are not citizens. I’m not sure what to think about this situation. I’ll just be glad when they get these Indians out of the great state of Georgia....
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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