by Claudio Saunt

A masterful and unsettling history of “Indian Removal,” the forced migration of Native Americans across the Mississippi River in the 1830s and the state-sponsored theft of their lands.

In May 1830, the United States formally launched a policy to expel Native Americans from the East to territories west of the Mississippi River. Justified as a humanitarian enterprise, the undertaking was to be systematic and rational, overseen by Washington’s small but growing bureaucracy. But as the policy unfolded over the next decade, thousands of Native Americans died under the federal government’s auspices, and thousands of others lost their possessions and homelands in an orgy of fraud, intimidation, and violence. Unworthy Republic reveals how expulsion became national policy and describes the chaotic and deadly results of the operation to deport 80,000 men, women, and children.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Claudio Saunt, “Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans the Road to Indian Territory”
4/8/20        47 min

History Extra
The dispossession of Native Americans
10/12/20        44 min

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297 Claudio Saunt, Indian Removal Act of 1830
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