Episode 7: The Trail of Tears

Today we are kickin’ it old school regarding our drink! The Gin Punch we're sipping on is our adaptation of a classic punch from the 1820s. It also happens to taste like a boozy lemon-flavored San Pellegrino! Salute!

Also covered: The hilariously lame origin story of the Tom Collins, Old Hickory vs. delicious hickory sausages, Stephanie’s firing of Tux for not speaking Thai, Tux’s love of movies from the 40s, Nigerian scams, yellowface, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Stephanie’s scandal is a foundational one about the Cherokee Nation’s Trail of Tears, that massive genocidal redistribution scheme in which a native people, who had won their sovereignty case in front of the Supreme Court, lost everything they had because the executive branch refused to follow the judiciary. Who knew that could happen?
The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong
United States History: Trail of Tears
Indian Removal and the Trail of Tears
Five Civilized Tribes
Transcript of President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress 'On Indian Removal' (1830)
How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrative
The Cherokees vs. Andrew Jackson

Tux’s scandal details that time when Abraham Lincoln, during the midst of the civil war, made time to diplomatically say “thanks, but no thanks” to a very elaborate gift of elephants the King of Siam was trying to send his way.
Wiki - History of Thailand
Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President James Buchanan
Lincoln Rejects the King of Siam's Offer of Elephants
Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants
Lincoln Turned Down a Chance to Fill the U.S. With Elephants
Lincoln's Letter to the King of Siam, February 3, 1862 The Truth About Thai Elephants In The American Civil War
Wiki - Introduction of Western Geography
Letter from King of Siam to President Buchanan

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