Analysis of Andrew Jackson's Policy toward Native Americans

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President Andrew Jackson's policy towards Native Americans was highly partisan, favoring Americans of European ancestry, and detrimental to Indians. Jackson essentially wanted Native Americans to vacate lands that were integral to the U.S. at all costs. What is most significant about this fact is that he was not the only one who wanted to see this wholesale change in the landscape of the country. Despite some noble efforts on the part of Native Americans to integrate and to learn the customs, behaviors and habits of Europeans, displeasure fomented as early as the 1820's when certain states in the South Eastern portion of the country decided to forgo federal regulations that provided for land in these areas for Indians, and to have them removed. What is important about this fact is that these states were essentially going against federal legislation. Yet Jackson, who represented the zenith of federal legislation as the president, was always a state's rights advocate and went beyond merely supporting the individual states of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia in helping them with this process, but actually spearheaded the movement with 1830's Indian Removal Act, which the president was instrumental in pushing past Congress. This particular measure dedicated both money and manpower to the forced removal of Native Americans. Most tribes saw little choice but to acquiesce and prepared to move as asked. Yet Jackson would incur opposition from two unlikely sources in unlikely

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