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“Can’t Anything Stop these Men?”: U.S. Army Paratroopers Creating Turning Points

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual and In-Person
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Duty is defined as a moral or legal obligation. Soldiers have a duty to carry out the Army’s mission. Throughout the nation’s history, Soldiers have adhered to the concept of duty to protect, defend, and carry out policy on behalf of federal government. Like Soldiers, the Cherokee have their own duty to uphold their heritage tied to their ancestral homeland. In response to the threat of removal, the Cherokee used a series of legal maneuvers to preserve their homeland. When those attempts failed, the Cherokee signed the Treaty of New Echota.

The Treaty of New Echota exchanged the Cherokee Nation’s ancestral homelands east of the Mississippi River for unfamiliar land located in present-day Oklahoma. In May 1838, the U.S. Army deployed to enforce the terms of the treaty. General Winfield Scott, along with fellow U.S. Army Soldiers, were dispatched to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Their mission was to relocate the Cherokee to embarkation centers and oversee the journey to Oklahoma. The forced removal of the Cherokee was one of many conducted by the U.S. Army and was a consequence of the Indian Removal Act. These removals in the southeastern U.S. became known as the Trail of Tears.

During this History Talk, we will examine how Soldiers fulfilled their obligation to carry out the terms of the Treaty of New Echota. We will also identify how the implementation of the Indian Removal Act impacted both Soldiers and Native tribes. Finally, you will better understand how the effects of this policy can still be felt today

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on December 7 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on December 14 at 12 p.m. ET.

This program is offered virtual and in-person on Wednesday, December 21. In-person seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on December 21 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register to attend the IN-PERSON History Talk on December 21 at 12 p.m. ET.


The Revolutionary War Soldier’s Load: The Beginning of the U.S. Army

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual and In-Person
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Over 200,000 Americans served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. These diverse individuals came together to eventually form a functioning and professional Army. Join us to explore how American patriots worked together to create the Continental Army by examining the uniforms, equipment, and weapons of Revolutionary War Soldiers.

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on January 11 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on January 18 at 12 p.m. ET.

This program is offered virtually and in-person on Wednesday, January 25. In-person seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on January 25 at 12 p.m. ET.

Register to attend the IN-PERSON History Talk on January 25 at 12 p.m. ET.


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