Native American Policies During The Gilded Age Essay
01 May 2016
American Military University Since the North American continent was discovered and inhabited by Europeans there was a distance or gap of misunderstanding between the settlers and the indigenous people. This distance and difference in way of life did not end after the inhabitants created their own country and won their independence from the Great Britain. The American government and the people of the United States began treating Native Americans differently in the years following the Revolutionary War, as westward expansion became more and more important. The American government felt that westward expansion was key to the economic and political growth of the United States and would enact the first Indian Removal Act in 1830. This trend of removing Native Americans from the lands of their fathers did not end here. As the American Civil War came to a close and westward expansion again became important to the United States government more policies would be passed in regards to Native Americans. The United States would again find an ineffective and inappropriate way to handle want many saw as the “Indian problem”.
The first true “answer” to the “Indian problem” that the United States would attempt would be the Indian Removal Act that was passed by congress on May 28, 1830. The law authorized the President of the Unite States to negotiate with southern Native American tribes for…