How does The Trail of Tears suggest about the changes occuring during this time period for many ethnic groups?
The expanding Republic brought new opportunities for some immigrants as well as white Americans, but it also brought incresing dislocation for Native Americans, so what does The Trial of Tears sugesst sbout the changes occuring today during this time period?
The Trail of Tears is a particular episode in the general movement towards native peoples in the United States. Andrew Jackson and others were intent on opening up the lands under Indian control for settlement and imposed laws and restrictions on the Native Americans to the point that they were willing to sign agreements that forced them to move west. But they were seen as an obstacle to progress and treated as poorly as or even worse than the slave population in the United States at the time.
One could suggest that this was an indication that the people of the United States that considered themselves citizens had quickly forgotten the idea of people being free to determine their own destiny (something that purportedly drove them to rebel against the British) and began to practice similar habits as the British did during their colonialization efforts.