How Did the Removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia
Shape Women's Activism in the North, 1817-1838?


   This project explores the social, political and cultural context that prompted northern women to sign and circulate petitions calling on the U.S. Congress to support the property rights of Cherokee people. In 1829 this petition campaign marked the first organized and independent entry of women into national political life. Women were central actors in the cultural contact between New England and Cherokee people after 1800 and in the process by which New England evangelicals, including New England missionaries among the Cherokee, challenged Andrew Jackson's policies of Indian removal.



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