The Trail Of Tears Controversy

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White Americans often found Native Americans as unfamiliar individuals who occupied land to which the white settlers believed they deserved. America was introduced to an “Indian problem” in which needed to be solved before a crisis occurred. President George Washington believed the answer to America’s “Indian Problem” was to civilize the tribes. This theory indicated a goal in which Native Americans would become as close to white Americans as possible by learning how to read and speak English, converting to Christianity, as well as adopt European economic practices. However, most white settlers did not care about how “civilized” the Native Americans were, but rather yearned for their prestigious land and would do anything to take that over. The Trial of Tears was an unjust and morally wrong tragedy which took place from 1838 to 1839 in which thousands of Native Americans were forced to leave their …show more content…
The White settlers believed that they were entitled to the Indian land as it was not only a cotton kingdom, but was full of gold which would lead them to great fortune. The Native Americans did what was asked of them by becoming more “civilized” and adopting the ways of the English settlers by converting to Christianity, learning the English language, and accepting the American way of economic practices. However, this was not enough, not only for the Americans but for Andrew Jackson as well. Jackson was an advocate for “Indian Removal” and had a main role in the process of the Indian Removal Act. The Trail of Tears is a piece of history in which we need to remember the Native Americans who were forced to leave their homes, give up their land, and for many give up their life in order to fulfill the United States goal. The goal being a trail of tears, a trail of death, and a trail of an unjust, morally wrong

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