U.S. history is packed with all kinds of events, both spectacular and horrifying. Each of them has shaped the country over the course of history into what we know it to be today. America has gone through wars, slavery, stock market crashes and even had its very own internment camps. Some of the decisions made by the country’s government has led to unbelievably devastating consequences that can still be felt today. Here are the 10 worst moments in US history that have changed everything.
The Trail of Tears
1838 was the year that witnessed the Trail of Tears, a massive relocation of Native Americans that were moved from their homelands to the Indian Territory (today’s Oklahoma) located in the western part of the United States. Members of Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw and Seminole nations died by thousands suffering from disease, exposure and starvation. 4,000 Cherokee Indians died on the journey and never reached the new land. All in all, 46,000 Native Americans were removed from their homelands to open 25 million acres of territory for the new American settlements.
The Dred Scott Decision
In 1857, the United States Supreme Court stated that people of African descent that were imported into the United States and kept as slaves, as well as their offspring (whether they were slaves or not) – could never become citizens of the U.S. and had no Constitutional rights whatsoever. The United States Congress was also made powerless to prohibit slavery in federal territories.
In 1929, during what is now being called the Black Tuesday, the massive stock market crash triggered the Great Depression which engulfed the whole world. Unemployment has reached critical levels with over 25% of Americans out of work and trying to make ends meet, while crop prices dropped by around 60% hitting rural areas and farming very hard.