Andrew Jackson was known as the sharp knife among the Native Americans for his brutality toward Indians. He wanted to aggressively remove the Indians from the land that were on. He passed an act that allowed him to trade land that the natives were on for land far off past the Mississippi River. Many tribes disagreed and one Cherokee tribe challenged the state of Georgia to their rights to the land and won in the Supreme Court. Although they ruled that the Cherokee people had a right to their land, the state of Georgia and Jackson blatantly ignored the ruling.
The evidence clearly indicates that the United States government used military force and economic pressures to conduct a policy of genocide towards the Native Americans. For decades, the United States practiced policies of removal to gain valuable land for itself. The policies of removal, assimilation, and concentration caused the deaths of thousands of Natives. The song Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Midnight Raiders is a reminder of the Trail of Tears, which killed a ¼ of the Indians that marched. The government removed the Indians from Georgia to benefit the plantation owners in the south, at the expense of the Native people in the area.
When I think back of the stories that I have heard about how the Native American Indians were driven from their land and forced to live on the reservations one particular event comes to my mind. That event is the Battle of the Little Big Horn. It is one of the few times that the Oglala Sioux made history with them being the ones who left the battlefield as winners. When stories are told, or when the media dares to tamper with history, it is usually the American Indians who are looked upon as the bad guys. They are portrayed as savages who spent their time raiding wagon trains and scalping the white settlers just for fun.
The Native Americans’ goal was to drive out all of the British from the west side of the Appalachian Mountains. ... ... middle of paper ... ...feared they were “interfering with our daily lives”. Chief Pontiac brought together many tribes for a common cause which was to drive away all of the British settlers in the area west of the Appalachian Mountains. Chief Pontiac was rebellious, a great intertribal leader, resistant, brave, helpful, bold, and daring. Jeffrey Amherst was the commander who cut off gifts going to the Native Americans, who so dearly relied upon them.
Their main goal was to gain power over their land. When the British colonists arrived at this land they brought many diseases and destroyed the lives of many Indians. This disease was called the Black Death. The Americans also mistreated the Indigenous not treating them equally. Stannard points out that the Americans wanted to defend themselves against the Indians and if the Indians tried to attack and fight them they were going to be ready to fight and attack them back.
Thomas Goodrich is an author that focuses most of his writings about the American Civil War. This book “Black Flag Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865” depicts some of the most violent guerrilla fighting that took place along the Kansas and Missouri border. He is very objective about presenting this sinister side of the Civil War. Mr. Goodrich’s book portrays the horrific death, destruction, merciless killings, rapes, and the millions of dollars worth of property seized or destroyed by the guerrillas on both the Union and Confederate side. This book tells about the brutality of what happened to men when they surrendered.
The Pequot were among the most feared tribes in Southern New England in relation to the colonists. Actually, the name “Pequot” is of Algonquian descent and translates to mean “destroyers”. As the Pequot were migrating westward continuous altercations with the colonists arose. One incident in particular led to the murder of an English man believed to be a traitor by the Pequot. John Endicott, of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, organized an attack against the Pequot in retaliation for the murder of the alleged traitor, John Oldham.
It was unjust for the Americans to seize Indian land in order to make room for more Americans and immigrants. The Indians had done nothing to deserve this type of brutal treatment. These Indians had no way of fighting back to the Americans, so it was both unfair and unjust. The Trail of Tears, or as Indians called it The Trail where the Wept, was a trail of sickness and despair (Ehle 385). No person should ever have to go through what the Cherokees and other tribes went through.
The "conveyances" promised turn out to be a forced march. it was said that "...seven thousand soldiers swooped over the nation causing the Cherokees to suffer greatly" and also the troops were ordered "To use guns and swords if necessary to punish any Cherokee who t... ... middle of paper ... ... and then were treated unfairly by the government. Jackson spiced everything up for the people in his speeches but in real life ironically forgot that if it were not for an Indian he would be dead himself. ("Andrew Jackson's case for removal of the Indians). Really the only thing that Jackson wanted was manifest destiny and more land for America.
In 1856, in retaliation for the sack of Lawrence, he led the murder of five proslavery men on the banks of the Pottawatomie River. He stated that he was an instrument in the hand of God. On October 16, 1859, he led 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. His plan to arm slaves with the weapons he and his men seized from the arsenal was thwarted, however, by local farmers, militiamen, and Marines led by Robert E. Lee. Within 36 hours of the attack, most of Brown's men had been killed or captured.