Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty

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Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty focuses on American Indian removal from the American Southeast in the 1830s and events leading up to the Trail of Tears.  In particular it focuses on a pivotal historical conference held in Red Clay, Tennessee in October 1835 at which the United States presented terms for a removal treaty a few months before the illegal Treaty of New Echota was signed.  It deals not only with this too-little-known part of American history, but it also opens up other issues of the period (many of which have continuing relevance today), including westward expansion, race and the status of Native Americans within the framework of the United States, cultural change and assimilation of minorities, how one deals with social problems, and the sectional divide that eventual leads to the American Civil War.

About the Designers:

Jace Weaver is Franklin Professor of Religion and Native American Studies and the Director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia.  He has published 10 books in the field and was the advisor in the “Trail of Tears” episode of “We Shall Remain” series of American Experience on PBS. Laura Adams Weaver is a lecturer in English and Native American Studies at the University of Georgia.  She is the author of numerous articles on Native American history, literature, and culture.