A Timeline History of the Trail of Tears
From the Series Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion
In the early nineteenth century, the United States was growing quickly, and many people wanted to set up homes and farms in new areas. For centuries, American Indian nations—including the Cherokee—had been living on the land that white settlers wanted. The US government often stepped in to resolve conflicts between the groups with treaties. Many of these treaties called upon American Indians to give up some of their territory.
The conflicts continued as more and more white settlers moved onto American Indian land. Finally, the US government passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This law ordered many American Indians to leave their homes. In 1838 military officials forced the Cherokee on a dangerous and heartbreaking journey from their homeland in the southeast region of the United States to territory 800 miles away in what is now the state of Oklahoma. Their journey became known as the Trail of Tears.
Learn about the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal from their ancestral homeland. Track the events and turning points that led to this dark and tragic time period in US history.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom|
|Number of Pages||48|
|BISACS||JNF018040, JNF053140, JNF025200|
|Dimensions||7 x 10|
|Guided Reading Level||W|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||177855|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
“This series pairs dramatic narrative with visually arresting time lines, resulting in a well-thought-out foray into the years of America’s westward expansion. . . . A good option for collections where supplementary material on the American West is needed.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Author: Alison Behnke
Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Alison Behnke had the good fortune to live in Rome, Italy, for three years while in grade school. Not only did this move expand her horizons enormously and introduce her to one of the world’s best and most beautiful cities, but it provided her with a wealth of writing material. Even before her Roman holiday, however, Alison knew that she wanted to be an author—a desire which, according to her parents, she first voiced around age six. Good teachers, avid reading, and a children's librarian for a mother all fed the fire. Alison went on to take a degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing, and at present count she has written more than thirty books. Alison lives in Minneapolis, and when she's neither reading nor writing, she spends her time on pursuits including photography, travel, and striving to make the perfect espresso.
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Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion
Investigate key topics in US history through easy-to-follow timelines of major events. Covering achievements as well as setbacks, the timeline approach allows readers to follow the trail of US history. Each title builds an understanding of how major historical developments emerged… View available downloads →