Andrew Jackson Racist Ideology Essay

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This historical study will define the racist ideology of Andrew Jackson’s policies in the genocide of the Seminole peoples during the First Seminole War. Jackson’s racist perception of the Seminole Indians was the result of his experiences fighting Indians during the Creek War, which resulted in his larger national mandate to remove the Seminole from their land for European settlers to inhabit. The First Seminole war defined the overarching genocide against the Seminole peoples through Jackson’s leadership of the United States Army, which took lands and relocated the Seminole to the interior of Florida. In this manner, Jackson’s white supremacy became a foundation for the genocidal policies that intended to alienate and completely remove…show more content…
sovereignty in Florida, but it also defined the underlying hatred and racism that Jackson held toward the Seminole peoples. The victory at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814 defines the beginning of Jackson’s overt military efforts to completely eradicate any type of Indian sovereignty in Florida through this racist ideology of plantation slave owner: “As a result, "the best plan . . . is to overrun the territory with troops" and "well-trained blood-hounds," thereby eliminating what the Floridian referred to as this "motley mixture of Seminoles. Creeks, [and] fugitive slaves .. . .” (Campbell 270). Naturally, Jackson’s background as a slaveholder provides more evidence of the overt racism that inspired him to use genocidal military force against the Seminoles. These racist political and military conditions laid the foundation for the First Seminole War under Jackson’s military leadership. At the beginning of the First Seminole War, it was becoming apparent that General Jackson was getting more support from President Monroe, which was considered a secret military operation during this time. In fact, Jackson and Monroe had not notified the Congress of the plan to take Florida, which resulted in a covert operation that made it possible to commit genocide without Congressional approval. This form of military policy generated a more unregulated monitoring of the genocidal practices being applied to the Seminole Indians, which
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