John Ross’s letter to president Jackson believed it was the white man’s duty to relieve the Indians from their suffering. This could only be accomplished by allowing the Native Americans to obtain their land in Georgia under the rights and privileges as free men. Nevertheless no great lands good for farming would be given to the Native Americans and Jackson would sign the Indian removal act. This act would allow the government to exchange fertile land for land in the west, where they would forcibly relocate the Indian
Really the only thing that Jackson wanted was manifest destiny and more land for America. He was simply an opportunist given a chance and he took it. Everyone believed that the trail of tears, the Indian removal or whatever other name that you can give to it was something good for America. A land based on freedom and equality but something like this can happen. For the "good" of the Indians, Andrew Jackson humbly believed, but was it truly for the profit of himself and the country first before the "good" of the Indians ("Andrew Jackson's case for removal of the Indians).
The Native Americans shouldn’t have relocated because they were becoming more civilized, because they were on the land first, and they were not safely transported as the government promised. To begin with, the Native Americans were becoming more civilized. The Cherokees began to act and dress more like the white Americans. This can be seen in the following quote, “ First I tell you about the Cherokees. I think they improve.
The Cherokee leaders only hurt their people by embracing civilization. The Cherokee wanted to keep their land east of the Mississippi River, but because of embracing civilization that would not happen. Works Cited Green, Michael, and Theda Perdue. The Cherokee Removal A Brief History with Documents. 2nd Edition.
They thought that by forcing the Native Americans to assimilate to the Americans that they Native Americans would be “a happy and prosperous people,”(Jackson133) instead of the savages the Americans believed them to be. The Americans believed that because the Native Americans had realized that it was there destiny to give up their lands that the Native Americans were going to ... ... middle of paper ... ...,”(Jackson 134) so that all of the lands could be theirs. The Americans were only concerned with taking all of the land from the natives so that they could expand the United States and keep all minerals with in the new lands. In the 1800's the Native Americans kept the peace while the Americans were selfish in their crusade for land. The Americans thought that according to the Manifest destiny they were the sole rulers of the Native American's lands.
Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal The generalization that, “The decision of the Jackson administration to remove the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s was more a reformulation of the national policy that had been in effect since the 1790s than a change in that policy,” is valid. Ever since the American people arrived at the New World they have continually driven the Native Americans out of their native lands. Many people wanted to contribute to this removal of the Cherokees and their society. Knox proposed a “civilization” of the Indians. President Monroe continued Knox’s plan by developing ways to rid of the Indians, claiming it would be beneficial to all.
During the 1820’s, as the eastern population grew, southern states urged the federal government to remove Indians from their lands. The government tried to appease the southern states by proposing treaties with the tribes. The Indians felt that the land was rightfully theirs, so they did not agree to these treaties. Since the Indians were not agreeing with the government, President Andrew Jackson approved and signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This act allowed the president exchange Indian lands for land west of the Mississippi River.
However, these protests never were noted and were completely shut down by authorities and other racist bystanders. Americans and their confidence in their way of ignorance was most certainly challenged during this time; how could one possibly ignore what was happening in their nation during a time of such great distress and vulnerability? There have been countless times where people have fought for what they believed in regarding African American rights in this nation; but the first to truly be noted and magnified was in Topeka Kansas: Brown vs Board in 1954. In this lawsuit, Oliver Brown filed suit for his third grade daughter to be able to attend (a nicer) school with the white students. Nonetheless, the school reported back in court saying that they insist the schooling system is “separate but equal.” One can only assume there was such ignorance because the south fearing that the ordering of immediate desegregation would unleash turmoil in their old ways of living.
Their survivability would be impacted by their lack of knowledge of the new lands, and by the Indians that were already living in the western lands, and who would view the Cherokee as enemies. Jeremiah Evarts graduated from Yale University with a law degree in 1805. He went on to become an advocate for Cherokee rights. With his knowledge of the law, Evarts would be able to be of great assistance to the Cherokee Indians. Evarts had strong Christian beliefs and he felt that all people, regardless of race and color, are equal.
Jackson was known for being a populist, a people’s man. The Indians were settled on fertile land that white Americans wanted, by removing the Indians Jackson created a way win more votes and gain more territory for growing cotton. His main concern was not protecting the Indian culture; it was to protect his presidency and get more