Analysis Of Andrew Jackson's Speech On American Indian Removal

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One being forced out of the only home they ever knew, only for the gain of their oppressors is extremely harsh. In 1830, president Andrew Jackson formulated a cruel plan to do this, announcing his goals to the nation. He believed that all natives were savages, and worth less than white men. Jackson’s speech on American Indian removal possesses several flaws, as he neglects the fact that the Indians were there first, fails to empathize with the native population as he plans to forcibly remove them, and is morally incorrect in his judgement of the Native Americans. Essentially, it is important to note that all white “civilized” people were immigrants into America, and the people who were truly here first were the American Indians. Considering this, one must believe that they should have rights to the land over the American States’ rule. Jackson states that, “And is it supposed that the wandering savage has a stronger attachment to his home than the settled, civilized Christian?” This is unfair because the Natives are people too, and Jackson…show more content…
Although the natives lead different lives than the stereotypical Christian American citizen, it does not give the United States government the right to strip them of their homeland and resources. The aborigines have a vast set of lore that many of are unaware of. It is wrong of Jackson to assume that one must be Christian in order to be civilized. Jackson claims that the natives, upon settling westward, will have access to countless benefits provided by the government. However, disregarding the natives’ religion, culture, and way of life does exactly the opposite. Uprooting them in this way creates a vicious cycle of oppression; this would not only be just a temporary solution, but also would harbor future problems to
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