The Removal Of The Cherokee People Essay

831 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Looking back on history, it is now clear how devastating the removal of the Cherokee people was, but how did those involved view it? Based on the evidence provided, white Americans tended to view the removal policy in split opinions, while the Native Americans had a generally bad view of the policy. The Indian Removal policy caused for a stir of positive and negative opinions in the United States, by both the Cherokee nation and white Americans. The white perspective of the Indian removal was a generally accepting one, though more Americans preferred the idea of the Cherokee becoming citizens. Andrew Jackson stated that if the Cherokee people were to remain within the limits of the states not western of Mississippi, then their civilization would decay (p.126). The way he speaks about the removal is in a way that makes it sound as though the removal is for the well-being of the Native Americans, rather than for white Americans. He makes it seem that if the Indians voluntarily move, then they will be more free to their own form of government in this new land (p.126). Jackson and Thomas Jefferson, do however, make a point to mention what would happen to the Cherokee people that remained in Georgia. If the some of the Natives were to stay, they must do so by accepting the laws of the United States and become citizens. Jefferson portrays this as a positive action, saying that it will allow the Cherokee people to continue to cultivate their agriculture and learn the ways of…

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