Saturday, May 23, 2009

Trail of Tears

On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way.

Althought PBS's five part series, We Shall Remain, is in its entirety outstanding, I found part 3 Trail of Tears to be the most poignant and profound.

It makes me wonder if today our Constitution could be interpreted in such a way that similar actions could be taken against Americans. You might say that's rediculous that could never happen today, but just think about it in view of current history.

It's an hour and 10 minute video, but it's worthwhile setting the time aside to view: Trail of Tears