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Trail of Tears

Cruelty, discrimination, and greed: These are just some of the landmarks you’ll find on the Trail of Tears. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby lead the way as they reveal one of the saddest episodes in United States history. Learn how white settlers’ desire for new land threatened the ancestral homelands of American Indians, especially those in the southeast. Explore the steps taken by the government to free up land in Georgia and Tennessee by moving entire tribes westward. Experience the terrible suffering endured by the Choctaw and the Cherokee as they marched to Indian Territory during the 1830s. And discover what lessons we can learn from this tragic era in American history.

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Where does the name “Trail of Tears” come from?

Why were American Indians forced to leave their homelands?

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