Indian Removal Act Essay Outline

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Indian Removal Act

In 1838, sixty two years after the United States declared independence, white settlers have been pushing into Georgia which was originally the Native Americans land (more specifically the Cherokee tribe’s land). So, the president at the time, Andrew Jackson, created an act called the Indian Removal Act. But, the Native Americans actually took the act to the supreme court and it was declared unconstitutional, although the president didn’t listen. He eventually (somehow) got the act through anyway and all of the Native Americans were forced to leave Georgia on a trail called the trail of tears. The multiple sources regarding the trail of tears and why it happened help the reader shape his (or her) understanding of the event
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In this account, it states, “One can never forget the sadness and solemnity of that morning... The trail of the exiles was a trail of death... They had to sleep in the wagons and on the ground without fire. And I have known as many as twenty-two of them to die in one night of pneumonia due to ill treatment, cold, and exposure.”This shows how the soldier felt about the indian removal act and his extremely negative perspective on it. The soldier describes the horrible conditions of the trail and how many people died along it. He also describes the people that got sick and how 22 people actually died in one night. The soldier also describes the sad morning when they were dragged out of their homes and forced to walk the horrible, sad, scary…show more content…
The three sources show the readers all of the perspectives of the event including what most people think about it today, what Andrew Jackson thought about it, and what a soldier thought about it. The indian removal act is historically significant because it was an act that was illegal to pass because it was actually brought to the supreme court by the native americans and it was declared unconstitutional but Andrew Jackson did it anyways. The trail of tears was historically significant because 4,00 people died from cold, starvation, and disease due to lack of supplies and they weren’t prepared to leave

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