American And South African Frontiers Essay

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As a result, America succeeded into its first modern election, in the four years since the election in 1824, new voters were added to the electoral roles as property ownership was no longer a requirement to vote. In 1828 Jackson won the presidential race. Historian, George M. Frederickson, in his essay Expansionism on the American and South African Frontiers, compares the mandatory elimination of Native Americans to the trans- Mississippi West with the coinciding Great Trek of South Africa’s Boer settlers. The key to understanding American Indian policy between 1790 and 1830 is not the policy advocating for different racial groups, but the fact that the government was responsible to a white electorate that was persuaded that the fate of the nation required the rapid extension of white settlement into areas still occupied by Indian nations. The elimination of Indian title and the removal of the Indians themselves were the generally accepted objectives; the only important differences of opinion were on the question of how rapidly and by what methods they should be carried out, and whether or not exceptions should be made for civilized Indians. Despite the establishment of this general policy, the pace of removal through negotiation during the 1820’s remained too slow to satisfy the whites who wanted the Indian land. In 1828, Jackson, a veteran Indian fighter and longtime supporter of more intimidating methods that the federal government had been willing to allow, was…

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