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Discussion on the Indian Removal Act of 1830

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Was the Indian Removal Act of 1830 an act of humanitarianism intended to save the Native American culture and populace from the expansion of white settlers, or was the act intended just to get rid of the Native Americans and destroy their tribal culture? Explain your answer with specific examples.

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During the 1820's, whites in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi intensified pressure on American Indians by surveying tribal lands and by squatting on them. Various states passed laws to expropriate Indian lands unless the Indians moved west. Reared on the frontier and sharing contempt for American Indiana, these measures sat well with President Andrew Jackson. He believed that it was ridiculous to treat American Indians as independent nations; rather they should be subject to the laws of the states where they lived. This position was bad for American Indians because they could not vote or hold office ...

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This solution analyzes the historical circumstances surrounding the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The solution also examines if it was an act of humanitarianism intended to save Native American culture and populace from the expansion of white settlers, or if the act was intended just to get rid of Native Americans and destroy their culture. This is discussed in about 410 words and includes references for further information on this topic.

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