Reading “Cherokee Women Address Their Nation” | A Primary Source Close Read
In 1817, a group of Cherokee women wrote an address against the trade of Cherokee lands for lands in Arkansas. In this primary close read video, BRI staff Kirk and Liz read this petition, "Cherokee Women Address Their Nation," delivered to the Cherokee National Council by the Cherokee women. How do these women establish their authority to speak at the council and how do they see the role of motherhood as it relates to land removal?
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Primary Source Close Reading with BRI investigates some of the most pivotal speeches and documents that made America. In this series, join BRI staff Kirk Higgins and guests as they dissect how seminal documents, court cases, and speeches forged America’s development and impact our lives today.
Cherokee Women Address Their Nation (1817)
In this petition to their husbands, sons, and fathers, Cherokee women urged them to resist the colonization and expansionism of American settlers and their government.