In the court case Worcester v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1832 that the Cherokee Indians constituted a nation holding distinct sovereign powers. Although the decision became the foundatio

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Alaskan Indian schoolchildren pose in front of school, Alaska, ca. 1903

Samuel Austin Worcester (19 January 1798 – 20 April 1859), was a missionary to the Cherokee, translator of the Bible, printer and defender of the Cherokee's sovereignty. He collaborated with Elias Boudinot to establish the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper. After he was arrested for disobeying Georgia's law restricting white missionaries from living in Cherokee territory, he was the plaintiff in Worcester v. Georgia.

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The Literary and Legal Genealogy of Native American Dispossession :: <P><EM>The Literary and Legal Genealogy of Native American Dispossession</EM> offers a unique interpretation of how literary and public discourses influenced three U.S. Supreme Court Rulings written by Chief Justice John Marshall with respect to Native Americans. These cases, <I>Johnson v. M’Intosh </I>(1823), <I>Cherokee Nation v. Georgia </I>(1831) and <I>Worcester v. Georgia </I>(1832), collectively known as th...

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