Conflict in Alabama in the 1830s: Native Americans, Settlers, and Government

To better understand the Indian Removal Act of 1830, class members examine primary source documents including letters written by Alabama governors and the Cherokee chiefs. The lesson is part of a unit on the expansion of the United States in the 1800s.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Expand the study and have class members investigate The Trail of Tears
  • Connect to a language arts unit on Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee or another historical novel
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for honors level or AP US history classes, the resource would be appropriate for most classes with slight modifications
  • The lesson assumes class members have previous knowledge of the Native American tribes in the Southeast and the massacre at Fort Mims
  • A similar lesson designed for non-AP level classes is linked below

  • The resource introduces the APPARTS strategy that may be used to analyze primary sources and to respond to a Document Based Question (DBQ)
  • The eight-page resource includes background information for instructors, links to the primary source documents and related materials, an AP-style DBQ prompt, and the essay rubric

  • Sample scored essays are not included