Native Americans During Andrew Jackson’s Presidency

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Imagine being taken out of your home and told that you must leave to a new, foreign land and leave the only thing that you know. This is what Native Americans during Andrew Jackson’s presidency had to live through. America was growing rapidly, expanding into the lower south of the U.S. During the 19th century white settlers moving into the area, were faced with Native Americans living on the land. These settlers were looked upon as a major obstacle for expansion of the United States. Driven by gold fever and the ideas for new business, the settlers were looking towards the government to help them take the land away from the Natives. Presidents had acknowledged the issue of Natives and whites coexisting and the problems that would be addressed, but it wasn’t until Andrew Jackson stepped into American history that a change would’ve be made.

“Andrew Jackson was a wealthy slave owner and infamous Indian killer, gaining the nickname ‘Sharp Knife’ from the Cherokee,” (Source 3) He grew up to be a well-known, tough Indian fighter by reputation and a fearless military leader. Unlike presidents before him, he was from South Carolina, born into the common class. He represented the average white man. He and his supporters created a political organization called Democracy. Jackson was a relentless man doing what needed to be done for the growth of America and it’s values, and he would do anything to make sure that the working class had the same social rights. To take out the Native

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