Friday, December 7, 2012 | Categories: |
The Cherokee were an independent nation, but in the great game of the
building of America, they were disposable. Cheated out of their lands
in the east, the Cherokee were forced to relocate a thousand miles to
the west, in Indian Territory, beyond the Mississippi. Their long march
through the bitter winter of 1838 took a dreadful toll: as many as four
thousand died on that march - of exposure, disease, sickness,
heartbreak. The whole episode is a great human tragedy -- a betrayal of
ideas, both American and Cherokee. And it ripples down to our own time.
Documentary maker Philip Coulter traveled along the Trail of Tears, asking questions about how such a thing could happen, looking at how the past shapes the present, and what the Trail's legacy is today.
Listen to And The Winner Is...episode that aired on December 3, 2012