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Indian Removal

IndianRemoval

IndianRemoval

Thetitle of the primary source is AndrewJackson`s Message to Congress `On ` (1830)published in 2012. The article was posted by The Gilder LehrmanInstitute of American History. The material was aimed at policymakers, but it also seeks to inform the reader the experience of thenative Indians during the 1830s.

Thearticle observed that the exercise of Indian removal was fronted as avoluntary activity while it was actually forced on the Indians. Theyalso examined the economic and cultural impact of removal on EasternIndian nations. Additionally, the writers also observed thatapproximately 4000 Cherokee Indians died during the Cherokee Trail ofTears (AndrewJackson`s Message,2012).Theseobservations are important because they show the magnitude and theeffects of the on the victims. Besides, they indicatethe casualties suffered by the Indians during the removal exercise.

Accordingto the article, “the spread of cotton monoculture across theSouthern states followed the innovation in processing the crop. Manyplanters in the South became jealous of the land belonging to theFive Civilized Tribes including the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw,Seminole and Creek” (AndrewJackson`s Message,2012).The quote is important because it gives the main reason why the whitesettlers wanted the Indians removed from their native lands.Therefore, it shows that the Indians were moved for selfish reasonsbecause the cotton planters wanted to occupy that land and turn itinto cotton farms (AndrewJackson`s Message,2012).The topic is discussed in chapter13 from pages 258 to 261 in thetextbook.

Lastly,the article did explain not whether the decision to remove Indiansfrom their land was unanimously agreed upon by all the whitesettlers. Nonetheless, it broadened my understanding of the Actproposed by President Jackson, the reasons, scope, and scale of theIndian removal event.

References

AndrewJackson`s Message to Congress `On ` (1830). (2012).The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.