The expansion of the United States westward led to conflicts over government policy towards Native Americans. Some white Americans favored assimilation, while others insisted that removal was the only solution. A small minority of Cherokee preferred removal, believing it would offer greater sovereignty to their nation. This lesson plan explores why people in the 1830s supported Indian Removal.

Image: Painting of Seminole Chief Osceola by George Catlin, 1838. From the Wikimedia Commons.


Transcript of video is at has a shorter clip with information that goes with the documents and timeline.
Thanks for the information!
If your district allows Netflix (rare, I know), you can find "The West" there as well. With the "Viewers Like You" etc. announcements, the time code is a bit different. The section on Indian Removal is roughly 42:17 - 48:11.
That is a really good way to incorporate kinesthetic teaching into this lesson! good idea.
Thanks so much! These are great!
Thank you so much for sharing this lesson! Such an invaluable resource at a time of increasing rigorous standards. I didn't think the visuals or the information in the suggested video is as compelling as two other sources. I showed a combination of clips to my students from these two video sources: Enjoy!
The entire episode from The West: Empire Upon The Trails is on YouTube. Here is the link You will need to find the starting point, but I have used clips within the first six minutes (around minute 4-5, it speaks of Manifest Destiny). The Alamo, which I teach with other materials, is around minute 25.
Hi lieuranl, I was able to find the clip on YouTube. Just type in the title and the entire episode will load. The clip on Indian removal is from 36:47-42:42 minutes on the video. Hope this helps.
I too tried to use the link provided from Discovery Ed in the lesson plan, and it is no longer available. I've used it in the past. I'm sad to see that it no longer works. I would love it if a new resource was suggested and put in place of the one that does not work. Anyone have any suggestions and good clips to show for this?
Hi raftgide, we're aware that some videos have been removed from Discovery Education. We're not sure why this is, and we recognize that the inability to access the video clips must be frustrating. The particular clips that we have selected are not essential to the lessons and can be replaced with a different video, a textbook passage, or a short lecture on the subject. The inclusion of videos seem to cause more trouble than they're worth, so we're working on phasing them out little by little, but it will be some time before we're able to complete this task.
This lesson plan refers to a streaming video on the Discovery Education website, however the link seems to be dead.
The language used by Andrew Jackson is incredible, and the fact that a Cherokee supported Indian "Relocation" is surprising to students. I added in a simulation of making all the students get up and move to a very small part of the room, telling them it was to save their kind and they would be better off for it. They really got the arguments.
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