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Do you think the term 'genocide' accurately describes the Trail of Tears?

  • Who still remembers the Armenians?

    How can it be that when Turkey is charged with genocide and they deny, they are wrong.
    But when Americans commit mass deportation on an equal scale and deny it, it isn't?

    The intentions the Americans had on the day they passed the act/bill, was to rid the states of all Indians. They did it to secure their colonial holdings and the mass death among the natives ensured that the Americans would suffer no more native resistance on the continent.

    Genocide was favorable to the Americans.

  • Who still remembers the Armenians?

    How can it be that when Turkey is charged with genocide and they deny, they are wrong.
    But when Americans commit mass deportation on an equal scale and deny it, it isn't?

    The intentions the Americans had on the day they passed the act/bill, was to rid the states of all Indians. They did it to secure their colonial holdings and the mass death among the natives ensured that the Americans would suffer no more native resistance on the continent.

    Genocide was favorable for the Americans.

  • Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation

    That is the definition of genocide. The Americans knew that putting the Native Americans in the camps and forcing them to walk the trail of tears would bring death. It was like the Death March the Nazi's forced the Jews to go on. The Americans deliberately made an effort to kill the Natives, an ethnic group, by putting them in situations they knew would bring death.

  • Genocide : the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation

    That is the definition of genocide. Andrew Jackson and the rest of the Americans involved in the decision to remove the Indians knew that winters were tough. They also knew conditions in the camps indians were forced into were not healthy. But they did it anyways. The deliberately put the Indians in a situation where they would be killed.

  • Genocide : the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation

    That is the definition of genocide. Andrew Jackson and the rest of the Americans involved in the decision to remove the Indians knew that winters were tough. They also knew conditions in the camps indians were forced into were not healthy. But they did it anyways. The deliberately put the Indians in a situation where they would be killed.

  • Genocide : the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation

    That is the definition of genocide. Andrew Jackson and the rest of the Americans involved in the decision to remove the Indians knew that winters were tough. They also knew conditions in the camps indians were forced into were not healthy. But they did it anyways. The deliberately put the Indians in a situation where they would be killed.

  • It's another Death March

    The Nazis who inspired the creation of the word genocide sent many of the people in their death camps on these marches. I don't see the difference in Concentration Camps and Death Marches between the Native American Reservations and the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears alone is not genocide but it is part of the overall genocide of the Cherokee people.

  • yes it does

    Yes, I do think that this term does illustrate the events that happened with the indians that were sent on the trail of tears. They were forced to go on this trip, and a huge number of them did not make it and starved to death along the way or froze.

  • Oppression: prolonged cruel or unjust treatment

    I am in no way trying to take any of the injustice and terrible action Andrew Jackson and the militia brought down on them. But, the event does not accurately depict the term genocide. If they intentionally killed them instead of forcing them out of their homes, then it would, since the definition of genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

    Most deaths in the Indians while on the Trail of Tears were caused the casualties to the trips; pneumonia, falling trees, things that were not direct acts from the Americans. Yes, the Americans did put them on that trip and forced them to move themselves to Oklahoma. But, by definition it is not considered genocide.

  • Hell no. It's oppression

    Oppression is what's bad. Native Americans suffered incredible oppression by countries like Denmark and Britain who inflicted conquest on the peoples of Greenland and North America respectively. I think it was ruthless what these groups to those people. These people were robbed of their rightful land. What they suffered was just plain horrible.

  • It was a terrible thing but not genocide by definition.

    There is no question that many American Indians lost their lives in the removal acts that forced them out of their native lands. This was a terribly racist act that was enacted by the United States government to give away settled land to people of a white European background. By definition, this was exile. Exile in of itself, especially mass exile, carries the risk of famine and death. The Trail of Tears is a prime example of this, no question. If this were genocide, it would have been a mass killing. This did happen to many American Indians but not as a result of this specific act.

  • Genocide is an acurate term

    The term Genocide could not accurately describe the Trail of Tears. Since the Indians were forceably removed and although it was a dangerous journey, it does not equal genocide in any way. The Indians may have felt that they were wronged but it isn't like they were systematically murdered in any form.

  • Indian deaths also happened tribally.

    'Genocide' does not accurately describe the Trail of Tears. This event is tragic, but in no way was it genocidal. In addition, there were more deaths in Native Americans due to tribal wars that there ever were due to the arrival of white people to the United States. This fact is usually ignored.

  • No, But That Is Splitting Hairs

    The Trail of Tears would should not be classified as a genocide in and of itself. It is, however, part of a greater genocide committed against Native Americans as settlers and Federal government expanded westward towards California's shores. This is not to diminish what happened, but the Trail of Tears is part of a greater horror story.


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