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Indian Removal Act passed

On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act. The Act authorized Johnson to exchange federal lands in the West for Indian lands in the American Southeast. While some tribes gave up their lands peacefully, others resisted. The "Trail of Tears" killed approximately 4,000 Cherokees in a forced march into the West.Learn more about the Indian Removal Act from the U.S. Library of Congress.

English legal historian Frederic Maitland born

Frederic Maitland, legal historian and co-author of the History of English Law, was born on May 28, 1850. Learn more about Frederic Maitland.

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