Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, is often called “The People’s President”. However, history has remembered the popular things he did but ignored the horrific deeds he committed. He should not deserve his title as “The People’s President” as his strongly biased opposition to the national bank and his aggressive action and supposed “solution” in the Nullification Crisis had widespread harmful effects throughout America. The Indian Removal Acts of 1830 are some of the darkest moments in out country’s history. Andrew Jackson was known as the sharp knife among the Native Americans for his brutality toward Indians.
Perhaps the worst aspect of Jackson 's administration was his removal and treatment of the natives. Specifically, Andrew Jackson forced the resettlement of several native american tribes against the ruling of the Supreme Court. The Indian Removal Act drove thousands of natives off their tribal lands and forced them west to new reservations. Then again, there are those who defend Jackson 's decision stating that Indian removal was necessary for the advancement of the United States. However, the cost and way of removing the natives was brutal and cruel.
One of the reasons for evolvement of slaveholding by Native Americans was Europeans strategy. They did not want Indians and Africans to be allies. This is because if such alliance took place whites would have been a minority and they would have significantly lost control over ever growing slave population. Americans manipulate Indians to be against Afro-Americans showing them European lifestyle and providing them guns and alcohol. They also use Africans to who are bilingual to influence Native Americans.
“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others” – Will Rogers (Quotes 1). One of the biggest events that took place was called the Trail of Tears; over 60,000 Native Americans - including the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations were invaded. This took place from 1830 to 1838. This relocation resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans, and was an outright failure by American citizens to exercise their responsibilities, the effects towards the Indians during the horrid event, and the long-term implications on the American Indians. The reaction among Indian tribes clearly shows that the Indians felt the forced relocation was a violation of their rights; the response by the Americans reveals their unethical tactics used to take away the Native Americans’ rights.
Although the conflicts arose because of their refusal to cooperate, how else were they supposed to defend their culture, land, family and friends? Would you not do the same? I now view Native Americans as an easygoing, historically oppressed culture that was ultimately persecuted by the Europeans invasion in the 19th century.
Besides Native Americans, the European powers also profoundly obstructed the Native Americans by capturing them for labor along with treating them as non-human beings. Due to European powers, both the Native Americans and Africans lost sight of themselves. Since both groups lost sight of themselves, they were stereotyped in many negative ways that affected them in a long run. In other words, race is a social construction built on the progress of society.
The Native American’s land was walked upon without respect or remorse, taken, and they were forced onto reservations that were in terrible conditions against their will. The settlers moving west caused the Native Americans and settlers to compete against each other and cause major conflicts between them. I think the Indian Wars could and couldn’t have been avoided because settlers had to move since the illnesses were so bad in the east, and they thought the diseases wouldn’t be in the west, and because they needed the extra land. I also think these wars could have been avoided because the settlers didn’t have to take the Native American’s land and the settlers and Indians could have respected each other much more than they did. The Indian Wars took place somewhere in the 1800s and the 1900s.
But after the French-Indian War, Americans thought it was justifiable to take because the Natives lost their land just as the French had lost theirs. Pushing Natives away instead of assimilating seemed to be a much easier choice, and cheaper. Andrew Jackson was among those who thought assimilating the Native Americans was not effective. Though he had many good individual Native friends, he treated the Natives much too harshly. According to his "On Indian Removal" speech, he thought of the Natives as uncivilized and as savages.
Jim Crow Laws were an extreme obstacle in the integration of African Americans. Hate Groups were another attempt to restrain blacks from integrating into society. Although the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were designed to provide freedom for the slaves, they were still denied their freedom by specific obstacles. Although the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery, whites kept their supremacy by finding legal ways to control blacks. Many white Southerners were not in favor of the 13th Amendment so many Southern states enforced Black Codes, which basically returned blacks to slavery without calling it slavery.
Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were treated as second class individuals. They lacked the freedom and equality they sought for. To the African Americans, the Civil War was a war of liberation. Contrary to what African Americans perceived, Southerners viewed the war as an episode of their journey to salvation. Southern lands may have been destroyed and depleted, but the South was persistent that their racial order would not be disrupted.