What were some specific things that the Cherokee did to assimilate into white society before Indian Removal?

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The Cherokee were one of what were called the "Five Civilized Tribes" in the Southeast.  They got this name because they had (by the time of the Indian Removal) adopted many of the ways of the white people.  Even though they did this, the Americans still forced them off their land and made them move to Oklahoma.

Among the things that the Cherokee did were:

  • They moved from hunting to farming as a way of life.  They did this to the extent that they had plantations, mills, and even (in some cases) slaves.
  • They had a written language.
  • They had a constitution for their nation.
  • They had churches.
  • They had schools.

All of these things showed that the Cherokee were assimilating white ways.

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