Saturday, October 30, 2010
Really Depressing Documentary
It's about the Trail of Tears. I assigned it to my students, and it is worth watching. To PBS's credit, they did a very good job of presenting the complexity of why this happened, and why one unrepresentative group of Cherokees signed the treaty that ceded the Cherokee lands. Was it a bad decision on their part? Would trying to fight have been a better decision? Almost certainly not--and President Jackson's famous words, "The Supreme Court has made their decision. Let them enforce it" are a reminder that the whole system of a rule of law only works as long as those responsible for enforcing the laws obey them.