Day 2: Sad times

Trail of tears

I’d like to start off this post by saying I had a great night sleep last night.  The bed was pretty legit and I was out.

Today we had a great tour of the city of Dublin!  Dr. Sylvie Kleinman our tour guides knows a great deal about Dublin.  I learned a great deal about the catholic vs protestant divide in Ireland.  Additionally, she described a lot about Trinity College and a little about how the Vikings conquered Dublin and helped the Irish build the city layout.

The U.S. is a great country but we have done some very shady things in the past.  One thing that comes to my mind when thinking about something uncomfortable in U.S. history is what our ancestors did to Native Americans.  Andrew Jackson treated Native Americans poorly throughout his presidency and killed many a poor soul.

Jackson put the Indian Removal Act into effect to give the southern states the land that the Indians had settled on. The act was passed in 1830, but the idea had been in the works for over 50 years.

After the passage of this act, The Trail of Tears occurred and was a series of forced relocations of Native American peoples from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern to areas to the west. The relocation included many different tribes and even included some slaves.  Approximately, 6,000 people died.

This event makes me feel uncomfortable because these natives were living in America way before all of the settlers and they never deserved this bad treatment. I would go about explaining this to someone by telling them the history of the founding of America and how Natives have been mistreated and displaced throughout our history.  Then go into Jackson and how Native Americans are still feeling the effects of this and how they are living in poverty to this day.

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