What does The Trial 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 increasing dislocation for Native Americans, so what does The Trials of Tears suggest about the changes occuring today during this time period.
The Trail of Tears suggests that Native Americans were being excluded from American society in favor of whites.
The removal of Indians from the Southeast showed that the treatment of Indians was going to be based on ethnicity. The tribes who were "removed" were the "civilized tribes" whose lifestyles would not have interfered with white settlement. These were people who had settled down and who had become farmers and had a constitution and a written language. The point is that these were not nomadic tribes who "had to" be driven off. Instead, it is clear that the Indians were removed simply because the whites wanted them gone.
Thus, the Trail of Tears shows that Native Americans were going to be forced off the land, regardless of how they lived, so that white immigrants and other settlers could have the land for themselves.