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.
In the 1830s, the Court heard two cases dealing with conflicts between the state of Georgia and the Cherokee Nation. Although the Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee, Georgia ignored the decision and in 1838 the Cherokee were forcibly relocated to present-day Oklahoma. Above, a rendition of the Cherokee on the "Trail of Tears." Reproduction courtesy of the Granger Collection, New York
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...
On This Day: In 1832 in Worcester v. Georgia, the United States Supreme Court voided Georgia laws that restricted activities within Cherokee territory on the grounds that such legislation violated the terms of federal treaties as well as the contract and commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. This Court case, an attempt by the Cherokees to maintain sovereignty in the