Book Unworthy Republic : The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory / Claudio Saunt.
Publication year: 2020
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 0393609847 9780393609844 :
A masterful and unsettling history of the forced migration of 80,000 Native Americans across the Mississippi River in the 1830s. In May 1830, the United States formally launched a policy to expel Native Americans from the East to territories west of the Mississippi River. Justified as a humanitarian enterprise, the undertaking was to be systematic and rational, overseen by Washington's small but growing bureaucracy. But as the policy unfolded over the next decade, thousands of Native Americans died under the federal government's auspices, and thousands of others lost their possessions and homelands in an orgy of fraud, intimidation, and violence. Unworthy Republic reveals how expulsion became national policy and describes the chaotic and deadly results of the operation to deport 80,000 men, women, and children. Drawing on firsthand accounts and the voluminous records produced by the federal government, Saunt's deeply researched book argues that Indian Removal, as advocates of the po
416 pages : 37 illustrations ; 23 cm