The Trail of Tears, October 1st 1838
The Trail of Tears marked the leaving of the first detachment of some 17 thousand cherokees who were held in stockades after the signing of the Removal Treaty earlier that year. During this time, many died of various diseases and otherwise preventable ailments.
In an address to Congress in December 1838, President Martin Van Buren said: "It affords sincere pleasure to apprise the Congress of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi. The measures authorized by congress at its last session have had the happiest effects."
Do you feel that the Government went too far with their brutality? Or did they give just enough?
IMO, I feel that the way that Americans were taught from an early age was that indians were cold-hearted savages. Many remarks made in that time that are barbaric to us now were more or less commonplace and accepted in this time. The brutality was based on how they were raised to hate something they did not understand. That being said, I myself believe that the brutality of the methods was far too great and that compromise should have been made rather then extreme measures of extraction.