Trail Of Tears/Worcester V. Georgia Essay

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The Native Americans of North America lived for hundreds of years in peace. However, Andrew Jackson’s vision of the United States did not include everyone. As a military leader and as President, Jackson and his followers had no intention of including women in political life, to combat slavery, or give any rights to the Native Americans. Jackson pursued a policy of removing Indian tribes form their lands, which resulted in the Trail of Tears, a name given to the forced relocation and movement of Native American nations from southeastern parts of the United States. Many factors during Jackson’s presidency contributed to the political, social, and economic climate of the United States.
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However the state and Jackson refused to accept or enforce the Courts decision. President Jackson famously commented: “Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it.”(Suarez 1) Jackson granted the state authorities complete power over the rights of the Cherokee. The Cherokees were marched westward at gunpoint. The Cherokee citizens were beaten, robbed, and killed. This abrupt and forced removal resulted in many deaths. “An estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease.”(About the Nation 1). Socially many Americans shared Jacksons prejudice against the Native Americans. Thousands of Native Americans form southeastern states, had been removed form their homelands, opening twenty five million acres for white settlement and the expansion of slavery.
Jackson thought there would be economic advantages to Indian removal. By forcing the Indians to move west it would open new land to white settlement would also increase economic progress in the United States. Having served two terms, Jackson chose Martin Van Buren, his...

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