I like thimCertainly the Trail of Tears represents a horrible and shameful chapter in a long novel of egregious American history but it is hardly the most egregious that we have ever performed. It may not even be the most egregious we subjected on many of the American natives who walked, cried, and died on that very trail.
I would have to agree,, that its up there on the list of evil things we have done. The camps we held during the wars, were awful as well. Its so hard to push a person out of there home for no reason, and to force them to march to their death is even worse.
Well, that's a long list if we're going to get into American historical atrocities. But yes, I think that I'd put the Trail of Tears right up there near the top. The delicately named Indian Removal Act was nothing more than an attempt at ethnic cleansing because we wanted those lands.
It's among the most prolific but the entire native american mess as a whole is probably the worst thing done. The Japanese American imprisonment was also very wrong and essentially shoved the constitution into a shredder. The red scare/blackballing had a few bad things although it had good intentions. The Salem witch trials were in america had good intentions but very bad too.
I do believe that the Trail of Tears was one of the worst of American atrocities, but so was anything that displaced the Native peoples from their land, so it was more of a process rather than this one main event. The United States also had Japanese internment camps in more modern history, and engaged in slavery. So there are a few atrocities in our country's history that we cannot be proud of.
Certainly the Trail of Tears represents a horrible and shameful chapter in a long novel of egregious American history but it is hardly the most egregious that we have ever performed. It may not even be the most egregious we subjected on many of the American natives who walked, cried, and died on that very trail.
The displacement of 17000 people and the march that followed to the new locations was indeed a horrible act. At the time, and for many years after, this was the most egregious act this country was involved with. However, WWI gave us the red scare, where the US persecuted anyone thought to be a conspirator with the communists. WWII the US created the japanese internment camps and then dropped two nuclear bombs. Follow the timeline to present and there are at least a dozen more instances where the US did something even more egregious.