Led by Professor of History James S. Humphreys, Ph.D., Muray State University, his presentation will include a brief history of Native American removal; a detailed analysis of the removal issue during Jackson's presidency; and an explanation of the events that led to the Trail of Tears. More specifically, it will focus on the attitudes toward removal of public figures, such as President Jackson, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, and Cherokee leader John Ross, and will explain the impact of removal on the United States and the Cherokee nation.
James S. Humphreys is a professor of history at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he specializes in the history of the American South. Humphreys completed a Ph.D. in history in 2005 at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Francis Butler Simkins: A Life, published by the University of Florida Press in 2008 in a book series titled "New Perspectives on the History of the South." Humphreys also serves as co-editor of the Interpreting American History series, published by Kent State University Press.
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Library Evenings Upstairs - Andrew Jackson, Native American Removal, and the Trail of Tears