Indian Removal Act Dbq

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People being forced off their land for gold and riches was very cruel and was the basis for the creation of the Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act was created on May 28, 1830, by president Jackson. It stated that all southern Indian tribes were to be moved to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their ancestral homelands. Even though some Indians left peacefully some tribes had to leave with force. The Act of 1830 had a huge impact on all Indians. The Removal Act was strongly supported in the South in order to gain access to lands inhabited by the five Indian tribes. On the other hand, the Indians weren’t very fond of this act and started to not like the Americans. The U.S government thought that the movement…show more content…
The Indian Removal act was strongly supported in the south because they want the Indian lands because they found gold in them. Also, the Americans believed in manifest destiny; which is that we the people can use the land or thing better than you so I am going to take. As Jackson said, “I suggest, for your consideration the property of setting apart an ample district west of the Mississippi…” (Jackson document #1). The way that Jackson said those words, it sounded as if he was asking if they want to go and it was optional, but in the real world, the Indians that didn’t leave peacefully had to leave forcefully. The U.S Government thought that the movement was easy and simple, but it actually was devastating and horrific. The movement of those southern tribes resulted in the Trail of Tears and the death of many Indians because the soldiers were taking all the resources sent from the U.S and keeping it for themselves. Even though some people started blaming Jackson for the act he created it wasn’t his fault, because Jackson always believed in majority rule. So before he voted yes on the act he asked the people and the majority of those people said yes so Jackson voted yes on the act. Even though it as only one act it resulted in a huge impact on all…show more content…
It resulted in the death of many, and almost the extinction of all Indians tribes. The Americans weren’t very proud of their decision and didn’t confess to it history books until the 1900s because they were ashamed of their actions. The U.S. government and the Indians had very different views on the act and at the end, the Indians had to pay the price. Could this act be relevant in the future but in a different form? The American people should have learned from their mistake so they don’t make it happened again. This act was a very hateful act later in the years and Jackson become kind of a hated president, but it wasn’t his fault because he left it for the people to vote one, and the people wanted the Indians out. Also, it showed manifest destiny in action, and how if American people want something they will go great distances to get the thing. What could have happened if this Act was different in ways that it didn’t hurt the Indians? At the end, this was a very tragic moment in American history and we hope this moment doesn’t repeat in our
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