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American Experience

We Shall Remain: Part III - Trail of Tears (Season 21, Episode 7)
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TV Episode | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in ...See moreThe Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." 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. For years the Cherokee had resisted removal from their land in every way they knew. Convinced that white America rejected Native Americans because they were "savages," Cherokee leaders established a republic with a European-style legislature and legal system. Many Cherokee became Christian and adopted westernized education for their children. Their visionary principal chief, John Ross, would even take the Cherokee case to the Supreme Court, where he won a crucial recognition of tribal sovereignty that still resonates. The Supreme Court ruling proved no deterrent to President Andrew Jackson's demands that the Cherokee leave their ancestral lands. A complex debate divided the Cherokee Nation, with Chief Ross urging the Cherokee to stay, and Major Ridge, a respected tribal leader, urging the tribe to move West and rebuild, going so far as to sign a removal treaty himself without the authority to do so. Though in the end the Cherokee embrace of "civilization" and their landmark legal victory proved no match for white land hunger and military power, the Cherokee people were able, with characteristic ingenuity, to build a new life in Oklahoma, far from the land that had sustained them for generations. Written by We Shall Remain See less
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Suzanna Ridge (as Carla-Rae Holland) Suzanna Ridge (as Carla-Rae Holland)   See fewer
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Will Finley
Elias Boudinot Elias Boudinot   See fewer
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John Ridge John Ridge   See fewer
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Robert Hatch
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Emily Podleski
Sarah Northrup Sarah Northrup   See fewer
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Brad D. Smith
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Frederick Stuart
John Ross (as Freddy Douglas) John Ross (as Freddy Douglas)   See fewer
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7.9 / 10 | 93 votes