In children’s books across the world, history is being tampered with and forgotten.
As everyone knows, the Trail of Tears is a collection of routes the Native Americans followed when they were forced out of their traditional homes, near the east of the Mississippi river. It is estimated that by the end of this journey, sixty to ninety percent of the original population was dead.
This despicable rewrite of history quotes, “The first nations people’s agreed to move to different areas to make room for the new settlements”. This is anything but good for our young learners, who will be in the end, lied to.
There are certainly other ways to explain how European settlers stole land from people who were there first at a third grade-level. If a third-grader can understand “moving out,” surely they can also understand “forced from their homes.”