John Marshall, The Trilogy Cases, and the Trail of Tears

Dec 8, 2022

7:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Join Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House in this virtual presentation about Chief Justice Marshall’s judicial impact on indigenous sovereignty laws in the United States.

During the latter half of his career, the Marshall Court heard a trilogy of cases concerning Indian land jurisdiction in Georgia: Johnson v. McIntosh (1823), Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831), and Worcester v. Georgia (1832).

How did John Marshall view indigenous sovereignty, and did his decision-making and relationship with the US Presidency lead to the forced removal of 16,000 Cherokee from Georgia in a tragic event known as the Trail of Tears? Furthermore, how do we see treatment of indigenous rights manifest in the courts today?

Admission to this program is free (though a suggested donation of $10 is greatly appreciated), and advanced registration is required.
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