From 1815 to 1850, America was still in the process becoming the nation it is today. Many citizens worked and thrived, not having to worry about things like rights being denied from them. However, not everyone was happy and well. People such as Native Americans and African Americans were treated in a way that did not follow the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. The U.S. did not fulfill the ideals of the Declaration of Independence for all people by 1850 because many different people such as African Americans and Native Americans did not receive the “certain unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” stated in the Constitution and were also treated unjustly. The ideals of the Declaration of Independence …show more content…
When Andrew Jackson demanded that the Cherokees migrate to a designated area, they responded with a letter to Congress stating, “Is our country to be made the scene of “horrors” for sticking to the principles on which your great empire is founded?...Our minds remain unchanged because we can never accept that agreement...we have not given up our rights; and if we fail to give our sons the freedom we have gotten from our fathers, it will be our downfall…”(Document 2) The Cherokee nation did nothing to violate any of the past treaties they had with the U.S. This shows that Native Americans did not have equal political rights because they are American citizens yet the U.S. government has dishonored the many treaties that they had with the Cherokees. All that the Cherokees wanted was the liberty to remain in the land that they had been inhabiting for generations. Instead, they were tossed around like dolls by the U.S. The Native Americans stood up for themselves and the rules that the U.S. was founded on, yet they got punished. This letter from the Cherokee nation shares the same …show more content…
At the National Negro Convention of 1843, Henry Highland Garnet, a former slave who escaped to freedom, gave a speech declaring, “Notice your loving wives who struggle with pain too terrible for words! Hear the cries of your poor children! Remember the whippings your fathers suffered. Think how many tears you have cried upon the soil that you have farmed. Remember that as native-born American citizens you deserve all the rights that are granted to the freeset men.”(Document 2) Henry Garnet declares that as American citizens, the African Americans deserve all the rights any other person would, but this is not the case. African Americans were forced into slavery, and as slaves they did not receive the social and political rights that other free men did. Day after day, they worked without salary. Being given no choice on this matter, they were denied liberty just because of their skin color. Pain and suffering came with being a slave, and only African Americans were put into slavery. Document 5 shares the information with this source, as both show that African Americans were mistreated and beaten. Charles Mackay, and Englishman, visited America in 1857-1858. He wrote about his travels, and an excerpt from his writing is when he wrote about how surprised he was at all the racial prejudice he saw in the North. Northern white citizens shared the opinion
1. I do not agree with the case Georgia v. the Cherokee Nation because I feel it is not fair for Cherokees. This case just give us its purpose without any reason why those nation must move out and immigrate to new settlements in west, “[t]he full moon of May is already on the wane; and before another shall have passed away, every Cherokee man, woman and child in those states must be in motion to join their brethren in the far West.” It also forces that nation to obey by the treaty and troops. For examples, “[b]y the treaty, the emigration was to have been completed on or before the 23rd of this month…” and “[r]eceive [troops] and confide in them as such.
On July 17, 1830, the Cherokee nation published an appeal to all of the American people. United States government paid little thought to the Native Americans’ previous letters of their concerns. It came to the point where they turned to the everyday people to help them. They were desperate. Their withdrawal of their homeland was being caused by Andrew Jackson signing the Indian Removal Act into law on May 28, 1830.
Jackson’s Native American policies were very undemocratic because they decreased the power of the people. Document 9 states that the Native Americans have reasons to stay on their land, one being that the land west of the Arkansas Territory is unknown to them. Another is that the region is poorly supplied with food and water and that the new neighbors have different customs and a totally different language. Finally, they wish to remain on the land in which their ancestors died and where they were buried. The evidence helps explain that Andrew Jackson’s Native American policy was very undemocratic because the Native Americans had four very good reasons for staying on their homeland.
“One can never forget the sadness and solemnity of that morning of that morning… Many of the children rose to their feet and waved their little hands good-by to their mountain homes, knowing they were leaving them forever.” - John G. Burnett, US military interpreter during the Trail of Tears. In one of the blackest marks made in history by the United States, the Trail of Tears was the brutal removal of the Cherokee and many other tribes from their homes. While the Supreme Court had ruled that the Cherokee Nation had the right to the land, Andrew Jackson had forced nearly 1,600 Native Americans to march to Oklahoma from Georgia and surrounding areas instead, ignoring the court ruling. The Indian Removal Act was a step in the wrong direction for our
Ednica Maxineau An Analysis of President Andrew Jackson’s Speech Concerning The Indian Removal Act When we look back on history in America and discuss the topics regarding human rights and oppression, the first thing that might come to mind is slavery of the black population and white supremacy. However, we often tend to forget about other groups that were also subjected to discrimination, racism, and oppression. One group in particular which faced harsh conditions and discrimination were the Native Americans. The Native Americans were described as uncivilized savage hunters by the American government compared to the Europeans who were looked upon as civilized and respected. The Native Americans faced racial and religious discrimination.
Being one of the more “advanced” tribes, the Cherokee thought early about making sure they could do everything possible to create preventative measures against having their land taken away. Before there was a more serious federal discussion on removing the tribe, they were working hard to becoming a more “civilized” group of people to become more accepted by regular Americans and to better themselves. In order to both help their case and further the process of becoming civilized, they set up a constitution which closely resembled that of the US Constitution. In the Cherokee Constitution, it allowed them to set up an actual border around their territory and set up a government, both which were signs of earlier resistance against their removal
In document 4 the evidence that can be used to support my subclaim is “ ‘...but he shall not be free to dine and drink at our table - to serve on a jury - to be a witness in court - to represent us in the legislature - to be a doctor - to join us at a concert, a lecture, the theater, or the church, or to marry our daughters. We are of another race, and he is inferior....” This evidence supports my subclaim because at this time people treated African Americans as if they were inferior. African Americans couldn’t serve on a jury, be a witness in court, represent in legislation, etc. Analysis of Document 2, entitled "Call to Rebellion", a speech spoken by Henry Highland Garnet delivered at the National Negro Convention of 1843 held in Buffalo, New York.
He argues that the brutalities of slavery can’t be hidden anymore. After reading this speech, Frederick Douglass defines the United States as “hypocritical”. This is evident because Douglass asks a rhetorical question that states "Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence extended to us blacks? Douglass thinks that America is hypocritical because the African Americans were not free when the nation was based on freedom.
John Ross once said "Brothers: The tradition of our Fathers . . . tells us that this great and extensive Continent was once the sole and exclusive abode of our race. . . . Ever since [the whites came] we have been made to drink of the bitter cup of humiliation; treated like dogs . . . our country and the graves of our Fathers torn from us . . . through a period of upwards of 200 years, rolled back, nation upon nation [until] we find ourselves fugitives, vagrants and strangers in our own country. . . .”
Americans have never seen eye to eye on virtually anything; even back in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was established. Since then I feel that we have struggled to live up to and successfully see fit to the ideals. There are a total of five ideals that were put in the Declaration of Independence; Liberty, Opportunity, Equality, Rights, and Democracy. These five ideals have connected to many events that have happened over the years. For Instance, the Civil War connected to Liberty and Rights.
Any day now we will be forced of our ancestral lands that we have inhabited for centuries, all do to a treaty that holds no grounds. Although the treaty may have been signed by who you call the Treaty party, these individuals hold no actually authority for the Cherokee. They were not appointed by any council and had no authority to make a treaty even if they thought that they were doing it for the good of the Cherokee nation. Likewise because the Treaty party had no real authority to sign a treaty and materials agreed upon by the Treaty party, so any agreements made between this party and the government should hold no legal binding. However, despite this fact the treaty was still ratified and now we are going to get forced out of our homes.
The Declaration of Independence consisted of an introduction, a long list of grievances against the British and a Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The Declaration has four main ideals for what is needed in a country. The Ideals are equality, right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, consent of the Governed and the right to alter or abolish the government. The most important ideal is equality.
Richard Allen wrote that when he and his ‘brothers’ went to St. George church in Fourth Street, the people from that church had treated them unfairly. For example, he and other black peoples had been placed around the walls when people get numerous attending the church. Besides, during the Sabbath morning they were asked to go to the gallery by the sexton and they also were asked to give up their seats to white people even though they were praying at that time. All in all, even though in the Declaration of Independence people are said to have equal rights because all men are created equal, we can clearly see that what actually happened in the United States after the Declaration of Independence was written were really contradict with what written in that doctrine. In other words, there are inconsistencies between the principles that being put up in the Declaration of Independence and the continual presence of slavery, as black people seems like they did not receive the unalienable
The Ups and Downs of the Cherokee Tribe Did you know that the Cherokee Nation is one of only three federally recognized tribes that has the sovereign right to control their nation? That means that they have the right to control what goes on within their nation, despite the states government. Although the tribe may be doing well today, that hasn’t always been the case. The Cherokee Tribe had to overcome many obstacles and heartaches. Shortly after the first Cherokee entered the state in the vicinity of Travelers Rest in 1450, the Cherokees were put through many challenging times.