Indian relocation act of 1831
ministry of truth ; Indian removal act of 1831
Unquestionably the largest blemish on the United States government’s reputation throughout history is the Indian removal act of 1831, and the resulting trail of tears .At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida on the very land their ancestors had peacefully occupied and cultivated for generations before colonial interference. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who discovered gold in the territory and wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government led a forced removal campaign taking many natives away from their homelands to walk thousands of miles to a designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.
In a dystopian society the government must appear to have no faults on the surface to gain the support of its brainwashed followers and fanatics. This is why in George Orwell’s novel “1984” they have a government agency dedicated to covering up the past. This is where the main character Winston works every day of his life. Every day he writes accounts of the past, contradictory to what actually occurred.in orders to change the perception of an event, you change the entire event or people won’t buy it. The key is changing it enough to change public opinion, but not to change the event itself.in this case it must look like the government is somehow helping the Native Americans by relocating them from their homeland that they’ve occupied for generations. Starting off by establishing a n understandable motive to force their relocation. One could say that the government had discovered large pockets of hazardous, radioactive material that has the potential to cause cancer and other potentially fatal diseases, on the Natives Land. This will change public perception, viewing the government with no faults grants it a form of perceived political legitimacy that they are undeserving of. This will help perpetuate the cycle of ignorant, unfounded nationalism that allows the tyrannical regimes in both the book and throughout history have maintained long periods of control over the lives of the public.