Essay on The Native Americans

1212 Words Apr 10th, 2015 5 Pages
lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the Government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community.” Jackson explains the removal of the Native Americans in terms of protecting their safety from white people. In order to protect the ‘uncivilized’ Natives, they must be kept separate, and as such, they must be removed. In Jackson’s mind, the Natives had to be shown as uncivilized barbaric people who simply were never going to be able to coexist with white Americans. “When independence was declared and a new government established committed to liberty and justice for all, the situation of the Indians within the continental limits of the United States contradicted the ennobling ideas of both the Declaration and the Constitution. Nevertheless, the Founding Fathers convinced themselves that men of reason, intelligence and good will could resolve the Indian problem. In their view the Indians were “noble savages,” arrested in cultural development, but they would one day take their rightful place beside white society. Once they were “civilized” they would be absorbed.”” White Americans, led by Andrew Jackson were operating under the belief that Native culture was uncivilized. The founding fathers believed that the Native would simply be absorbed into white society once their civilization had completed. Jackson, operating under a belief that the…

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