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Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt
In May 1830, the United States launched an unprecedented campaign to expel 80,000 Native Americans from their eastern homelands to territories west of the Mississippi River. Thousands of Native Americans lost their lives, and thousands more saw their homelands and possessions stolen through fraud, intimidation, and murder. The operation soon devolved into an unofficial policy of extermination, enabled by US officials, southern planters, and northern speculators. This book offers a fast-paced yet deeply researched account of unbridled greed, government indifference, and administrative incompetence. The consequences of this vast transfer of land and wealth still resonate today. Hailed for its searing insight, Unworthy Republic transforms our understanding of this pivotal period in American history.
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