George W. Harkins to the American People

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George W. Harkins was a chief of the Choctaw tribe during the Indian removals of the 1800s. This farewell letter to the American people was published in newspapers following his agreement with the United States to leave the ancestral homeland of the Choctaw tribe and to migrate west on one of the many journeys known as the “Trail of Tears.” As students read, they should take notes on the rhetoric George W. Harkins uses to express his point of view to the American public. This text is for 9th grade students.
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