Jackson’s Rhetoric and Policy towards Cherokee Indians
Western Expansion refers to the historic growth of American rule tothe west of the United States, which was Native Indian land. AndrewJackson’s policy towards the native Indians, especially theCherokee Indians, is one stain that never washes off Americanhistorical controversy stories. In Jackson’s message, he expresseshis concern about the Cherokee Indians showing his desire to leadthem to civilization and a settled life. However, he continues bymarking that the United States did not lose the chance to buy thenatives’ land and move them further into the wilderness. This essaylooks at different opinions on whether Jackson’s move sourced itsdrive from humanitarian impulses.
In a statement in Jackson’s message that enacted the policy, heprofesses his deepest desire as leading the Native Americans tocivilization and a settled life. Looking at this idea from a futurepoint of view, the statement did happen as the Native Indians settledon land west of the Mississippi. Nonetheless, this was voluntary bythe natives and partly forced by the government through the UnitedStates military. The natives gained their peace at the cost of theirnative land, which is now the present Orleans and Oklahoma, and thesovereignty. According to the video New Republic, this was highlycontrary to the view they were aiming towards as seen from this quotefrom the movie “Their idea of a republic was shaped by early Greekrepublics”, which was well known for its representative nature.
On the contrary, the message regarding the Indian removal policy in1830 was quite ambiguous since it clearly states Jackson’scontroversial interests. As his policy took time to pass through thecourt’s jurisdiction, he took matters into his hands by havingthree Indian chiefs sell off their land for 56 million dollars.Forceful removal of the Cherokee Indians later followed due toconflicting interests. Thereafter, the United States governmentpassing laws that made the constitution powerful across the NativeIndian borders. This is more contradictory to the early ideas thatwere shared by the fore fathers of a republic. The video states that“the forefathers envisioned a republic as an economic and politicalsystem where people would live as comfortable as possible”. Thetreatment of the Indians was a n example of the deviation from theiridea of the common good and was a self-serving move.
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