The Trail of Tears – a poem about the genocide on the Native American Indians.

The Trail of Tears

 

They took all the land

When they discovered the gold.

The treaties were worthless

That had not even grown old.

They drove them away

On a great march of shame.

Thousands died on the way

Though they weren’t to blame.

All they received

For their misery and suffering

Was a measly promise –

A peace offering.

 

Opher 28.6.2018

 

 

The genocide practiced on the Native American Indians was a stain on the USA.

They lied over treaties.

They used smallpox infested blankets.

They deliberately exterminated the plains bison to starve them.

They stole their land.

They hunted them down and killed women and children.

Even in the twentieth century they stole their children to educate elsewhere.

Finally they forced them onto reservations and force-marched them hundreds of miles in the snow on a Trail of Tears on which thousands died.

6 thoughts on “The Trail of Tears – a poem about the genocide on the Native American Indians.

  1. In previous centuries conquest nearly always meant some sort of genocide. The battle for the huge continent of America was fought by the three great tribes the English , French and Spanish who were already in constant conflict with each other. But we must remember America was occupied , not by one peace loving tribe but by many tribes who zealously guarded their own positions.
    History was a bloody business but perhaps we can take heart from Steven Pinker’s latest book Enlightenment Now in which he proves things are slowly getting better.

    1. Yes Kersten I agree with you. History is a litany of cruelty, rape and genocide but I too think that things are slowly getting better. Maybe education is partly responsible? We are teaching our children to be kinder, more caring and less destructive.

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