The Indian Removal Act Of 1830 Essay

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The Indian Removal Act of 1830 resulted in the forced removal of the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Creek and Chickasaw tribes from their homelands in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama to western land. Colonists had been wanting the land held by the Native Americans for a long time, and when Andrew Jackson came into the presidency, he made their dream of owning it a reality – at the expense of the Native Americans. The Indian Removal Act should never have passed, as it was problematic morally, politically and practically. Politically, the act was unconstitutional, and allowing it 's passage would be illegal; it would result in the death of thousands of Native Americans, making it morally reprehensible; and wouldn 't actually solve any problems between natives and settlers, making it impractical. In 1830, Andrew Jackson was of the United States, US citizens were beginning to move westward along the Oregon Trail, and the Indian Removal Act had been proposed. This Act stated that members of certain Native American tribes would have to move from the southern land they had lived on for decades to new western land, or lose most of their rights and their land. This was a very controversial act, and both supporters and opponents of the act argued viciously for their preferred outcome.
The Indian Removal Act was a bad political move because it was both unconstitutional and illegal, but was enforced regardless. Though it was meant to protect Native Americans…

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