Andrew Jackson Versus The Cherokee Nation, And Native Americans

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The U.S. Government used treaties as a way to displace Native Americans from their tribal lands, a mechanism that was strengthened with the Removal A ct of 1830. In cases where this strategy failed, the government sometimes violated both treaties and Supreme Court rulings to ensure the spread of Americans westward across the continent. As the 19th century began, many Americans poured into the backcountry of the South and began moving toward and into what would later become the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Since Indian tribes living there appeared to be the main obstacle to westward expansion, white settlers motioned for the federal government to displace them. This phenomenon was described by authors Robert V. Remini, in his article ‘Andrew Jackson Versus the Cherokee Nation’, and Chief John Ross, in his letter ‘To the Senate and House of Representatives’. They express the views of Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee Indians respectively.
Author Chief John Ross wrote a letter to the senate in protest of the treaty of New Echota. A group of Cherokee claimed to be representatives of their people, agreeing to relocate past the Mississippi, even though 15,000 citizens opposed moving. This occurred at the Red Clay Council Ground, Cherokee Nation in 1836 and the Cherokee people didn’t want to relocate, angry that the decision was made without their input.
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