The Indian Removal Act Of 1830 Under The Presidency Of Andrew Jackson

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For many years in the newly developing America, there was a lot of debate about what to do with the so called “Indian problem”. Americans sought out various ways to remove the Indian population from lands in the east and eventually the west too as they continued to expand. There were four primary ideas that were proposed: to exterminate the Indian population, to assimilate them into American culture, to protect them on their ancestral lands (which just wasn’t likely to happen), or to move them to distant lands (which was seen as the Christian and humane thing to do). With these concepts in mind, congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 under the presidency of Andrew Jackson. This act was to then be carried out by Jackson negotiating treaties with the Indian tribes in the east to give up their lands and relocate to unsettled territory in the west. While some Native Americans relocated willingly, but many resisted the removal policy and fought for their lands for many years. The Cherokees were amongst the many groups that chose to resist the removal policy. Despite their prior attempts to accommodate to the previous civilization program, which included converting from hunting and gathering to farming and domestic skills, creating a written version of the Cherokee language, establishing a newspaper which was published in both Cherokee and English, and even mimicking their own government structure after that of the United States (Calloway 268), the Cherokees were still…

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