Indian Removal Act Of 1830

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Indian Removal Act
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Joshua Shaw
5/20/16
History B
Mr. Morse
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was passed to remove all the Indians from their land to give to white settlers who wanted the land, it was fertile and cities were getting too crowded. The government figured that it would be best for the Indians if they relocated them because whites were going on Indian reservations and sometimes killing Indians.
A soldier from the removal had this to say in a letter to his child on his eightieth birthday “I saw the helpless Cherokees arrested and dragged from their homes, and driven at the bayonet point into the stockades. And in the chill of a drizzling rain on an October morning I saw them loaded like cattle or sheep into six hundred and forty-five wagons and started toward the west.” This soldiers statement just proves to show how cruel the United States was being to the Indians. This soldiers account of this is very important for he tells a truth behind what happened during the harsh removal. Many true accounts of this event do not exist they are changed just enough to make them seem not as bad as it was. Many of these documents say things like it was “for their own” or “it was the only option we had”. America’s real reason behind this act was out of greed, they wanted their fertile land.
The government itself said they were doing this for the survival of the Indian race and if that was the case they wouldn’t have moved them to a place they had never been, a place they didn’t know anything about, location thousands of miles away that they couldn’t survive, much less thrive in. Instead they, moved them to a dry desert like land that they did not want. The government said that they would pay for ...

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... stood out more soon than they already did. What we did to them was not nice and that will never change. Some of them survived and their race is now almost one with our own, but it could happen again it may not for years but it is possible. We will do what we think is best almost every time and if you have something we want be prepared to have it taken when we need it.

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