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Trail of Tears

from Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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The Trail of Tears is a dark chapter in our nation’s history, especially for a nation built on liberty, equality, and justice for all. Join The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson in an interactive examination of the events leading up to the Indian Removal Act – events that reach back into the earliest days of America – and the treatment of our Native Americans that resulted. See from first-hand accounts how the policies of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson combined with the discovery of gold near Dahlonega, Georgia culminated in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.

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By Request: $75.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity we suggets no more than 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

Hermitage, TN
United States

The Hermitage is the home of President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erin Adams

Program Details


1. Introduction of The Hermitage
2. Examination of Native American policy from the 1790s-1820s (Washington, Jefferson, Henry Clay)
3. Impact of gold discovery in northern Georgia in 1828.
4. Jackson's 2nd State of the Union
5. "Popular" view of Native American in white American society
6. Examination of the Congressional vote on the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
7. Examination of the Treaty of New Echota (1836) and its impact on the Trail of Tears.
8. Q&A


The participant will:
-Examine historical information from a variety of sources, including museum and library collections, letters, maps, government documents, oral histories, firsthand accounts, and web sites.
-Analyze documentation to determine the reasoning, policies and outcomes of the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.
-Understand, through dialogue and discussion, how the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears was the culmination of a centuries-old attitude toward the Native Americans of the United States.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NSS-USH.5-12.4 U.S. History

The student understands the international background and consequences of the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the Monroe Doctrine
-Analyze how the Louisiana Purchase influenced politics, economic development, and the concept of Manifest Destiny.
-Assess how the Louisiana Purchase affected relations with Native Americans and the lives of various inhabitants of the Louisiana Territory.
-Assess why many Native Americans supported the British in the War of 1812 and the consequences of this policy.

-Compare the policies toward Native Americans pursued by presidential administrations through the Jacksonian Era.
-Compare federal and state Indian policy and explain Whig opposition to the removal of Native Americans.
-Analyze the impact of removal and resettlement on the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole.
-Investigate the impact of trans-Mississippi expansion on Native Americans.
-Explain and evaluate the various strategies of Native Americans such as accommodation, revitalization, and resistance.

-What are Civic Life, Politics, and Government?
-What are the nature and purposes of constitutions?

-What are the Foundations of the American Political System?
-What values and principles are basic to American constitutional democracy?
-How does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
-How are power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government shared by the United States Constitution?
-What does the national government do?
-How are state and local governments organized and what do they do?
-Who represents you in local, state, and national governments?

-What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy?
-What dispositions or traits of character are important to the preservation and improvement of American constitutional democracy?
-How can citizens take part in civic life?