How Did The Indian Removal Act Under President Jackson Help Establish A New Interpretation Of Democracy?

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Jake Vertin
TA: Andrew Dial
HIST 211
Fall 2014

In what ways did the Indian Removal act under President Jackson help establish a new interpretation of democracy and a movement away from revolutionary era republicanism?

Andrew Jackson: The Era of the Common Man at the Expense of the “Other”

The essential question of the Jacksonian period in American history should not be focused on slavery, nor on western migration of native tribes (as important, relevant, and controversial as these topics are). It is true that his administration did try to hide and dismiss slavery, and it is also true that in the manner of its execution the policy of Indian removal was a horror. However, the fundamental question surrounding his presidency revolves around how the doctrines of democracy replaced the doctrines of republicanism. Indeed, Jackson had a powerful contribution to American political history. The Jacksonian Era actually changed the goal of the Founding Fathers to put more power into the presidency rather than in congress. His commitment to the federal structure, states’ rights, and a severely limited central government, all accounted for in his policy of Indian removal are Jackson’s greatest contributions and resulted in the development of modern democracy in the United States.
The founding fathers envisioned and brought to life a system of checks and balances to prevent an over-concentrated power in a central government. They wanted to preserve and protect American…

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