In May 1838, federal militias started to round up Cherokees and move them into stockades in several southern states. They were then forced to march one thousand miles westward. Thousands of Cherokees died as a result of the removal. The journey became known as "The Trail of Tears" or "The Trail Where They Cried." Fifty years later, in 1890, Private John Burnett, who served in the mounted infantry; told his children his memories of the Trail of Tears1, which he described as the "execution of the most brutal order in the History of American Warfare."
From Voices of A People's History, edited by Zinn and Arnove
Paul Goodman recounts observing a school concert.
Short account from a parent about their experience with two children in state education, taking the eleven plus exams.
Short account from a first-year student just beginning secondary school in London about his educational experience.
Short article about the educational experiences of an anonymous sixth former.
A personal account from a teacher about her experiences teaching children in a "horsa hut": prefab schools constructed across the UK from 1944 to replace schools destroyed in bombing and to accommodate additional pupils created for increasing the state education minimum age to 15.
An eyewitness account of the brutality of South Africa's apartheid system.