2.10 Historian

Topics: United States, Indian removal, Andrew Jackson Pages: 2 (669 words) Published: July 9, 2012
I agree with the statement, “The removal of Native Americans from their lands by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 violated their political, legal, and human rights.” The United States’ government was selfish for themselves with the prospering of themselves; the Indians were very understanding to all the treaties the United States forced them to agree with, until the Indian Removal Act; and the spectators of everything that was happening made the Americans look like enemies.

Andrew Jackson, part of the United States government, agreed with the removal act that they enforced upon the Indians. This soon became known as the Indian Removal Act. In his addressing of the matter at hand, he states that he agrees with the whole policy. The whole document states that the United States has come from nothing, to a major country in the world. The Indians, he also stated, were just another tribe that their time has come for them to end. At the end of the document, he states that people would enjoy the cities of the United States rather than the camps of the Indians. That statement right there led me to believe that the government made a more selfish decision than they should have. The second document is all about ownership. Chief Justice John Marshall claims that the Indians were invited to be a part of the United States, but would have to be considered a state of the United States. The Indians refused, and said they would rather be a foreign state, referring to themselves as aliens. This document helps to make the decision that the Indians were being stripped of their rights because the United States took everything away from them when they didn’t get what they wanted.

The next two documents are from the Indians viewpoints. The Indians have made a protest, and this is the document. In the protest they refuse to leave because it is the home land of their fathers, and they do not want to leave the land. They also state that they were happy with everything that was going on,...
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