Today in 1839: The Cherokee Indians come to the end of the “Trail of Tears,” a forced march from their ancestral home in the Smoky Mountains to the Oklahoma Territory.
General Winfield Scott, under orders from President Andrew Jackson, arrested and then drove the tribe’s members through the winter, leaving 4,000 dead along the route. According to John Burnett, an interpreter with the U.S. Army, quote “. . . covetousness on the part of the white race was the cause of all that the Cherokees had to suffer . . . .”
The train of 645 wagons stretched for three miles, leaving behind as many as twenty graves in one day, mostly victims of exposure.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, IWW Social Action and Solidarity sponsor a free screening of “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed,” about the famously feisty black woman presidential candidate. This is at 7pm at 122 State Street, Room 200. More info at 442-8399 or 815-685-8567.
Tonight, Wisconsin and Madison chapters of the National Organization for Women, International Socialist Organization, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice present “Defending Pregnant Women’s Rights: A Public Forum.” Free and open to the public, this is at 6:30pm in the Masley Media Room at the UW-Madison Red Gym, 716 Langdon Street. Call 608-313-4669 for more info.
Tonight, Paul Kivel talks about his book “Living in the Shadow of The Cross: Understanding and resisting the power and privilege of Christian Hegemony.” This free event is at 7pm at Rainbow Bookstore, 426 West Gilman. More info at 608-358-9993.