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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 21, Episode 7 Trail of Tears

First Aired: April 27, 2009

"Trail of Tears" recalls the 1838 forced relocation of Cherokees from their ancestral lands in the southeastern U.S. to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Some 4000 Cherokees perished along the way. The documentary recalls the Cherokees' leaders John Ross and Major Ridge, who disagreed about whether the Cherokees should go or stay prior to the forced march; and a landmark Supreme Court case regarding tribal sovereignty.

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