During Jackson's presidency, the biggest event in Indian relations would be the Indian Removal Act. The Cherokees had a functioning and prosperous society that included their own language and newspaper. However, they had land that white society wanted. Jackson not only set the tone by signing the Indian Removal Act, he also trumped the Supreme Court in Worcester v. Georgia. Sending federal troops to ensure the removal made it quite clear that white society did not respect or want to coexist with the Native American population. Why would any Native American believe that Jackson would help them? Moreover, no other politician or group came to the defense of the Native American population even after the court ruled that the removal was unconstitutional.
Dec 6th, 2014
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