The Chieftains Essay Contest has been established to encourage young people to connect with the history of northwest Georgia and the relationship between European settlers and the Cherokee who had farms, homes, and businesses here. In particular, students should utilize and cite information obtained from visiting museums like Chieftains, reading historical documents, and/or viewing other media such as the War of 1812 site sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting. The Rome-Floyd Library also has both print and other media on this topic. Students can also attend the free “Forward March: The Cherokee in the War of 1812” event at Chieftains Museum on September 19-20th to learn more.
Essays will be judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, citation of sources, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
1st Prize: $75.00
2nd Prize: $50.00
3rd Prize: $25.00
Major Ridge was one of several hundred Cherokee allies who fought with the United States under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. For his victorious role in this war, Andrew Jackson gained popularity that helped him become the 7th President of the United States in 1828. As president, he worked to remove the Cherokee from their homeland. The writer should either support the decision of the Cherokee to fight for the United States in the War of 1812, giving the reasons for this allegiance, or write in opposition, giving other possible strategies for dealing with the United States during the War of 1812.
Students must be in an eighth grade curricular program and must be between the ages of 12 and 15.
All work must be original and should reflect the student’s voice and personal viewpoints, supported by source page or bibliography.
All essays must include a completed cover sheet and be received by 5 p.m. on October 24, 2014, at the following address:
501 Riverside Parkway
Rome, GA 30161
Please click the link below for more information or to print the cover sheet necessary for entries.