Jackson Dbq

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The generalization that, "The decision of the Jackson administration to remove the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s was more a reformulation of the national policy that had been in effect since the 1790s than a change in that policy," is valid. Every since the American people arrived at the New World they have continually driven the Native Americans out of their native lands. Many people wanted to contribute to this removal of the Cherokees and their society. Knox proposed a "civilization" of the Indians. President Monroe continued Knox's plan by developing ways to rid of the Indians, claiming it would be beneficial to all. Andrew Jackson ultimately fulfilled the plan. The map indicates the relationship …show more content…
This was a clear indication that some Cherokees had assimilated into white society. These once simplistic people were now being distracted by the seemingly ornate lives of Americans.
On March 4, 1817, General Andrew Jackson explained to President James Monroe that the Indians were U.S. subjects. He also explained that subjects should not have to negotiate a treaty, and that taking the land should be a right of the United States upon the Cherokees. In his "First Annual Message to Congress," Monroe declared the beginning of a future plan to remove the Indians, claiming that, "The hunter state can exist only in the vast uncultivated desert." On March 29, 1824, John C. Calhoun told Monroe that the growth of the Cherokee civilization and knowledge is the result "of the difficulty of acquiring additional cessions from" them. In late 1824, in his annual message to Congress, Monroe proposed that all Indians beyond the Mississippi River be removed. He sent word to Congress proposing removal three days later. Monroe said his suggestion would protect Indians from invasion and grant them with independence for "improvement and civilization." Force wouldn't be necessary, because Monroe believed Indians would freely accept western land free from white encroachment. In his "Plan for Removing the Several Indian Tribes West of the

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