Summary Of On Indian Removal By Andrew Jackson

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In Andrew Jackson’s message “On Indian Removal,” he used diction to create an uplifting tone. For example, in his first line he chose those words, “It gives me pleasure to announce to congress that the benevolent policy of the Government, steadily pursued for nearly thirty years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation.” In addition, he said,”It will separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; free them from the power of the States; enable them to pursue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions; will retard the progress of decay, which is lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the Government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community.” Lastly, he wrote, “To save him from this alternative, or perhaps utter annihilation, the General Government kindly offers him a new home, and proposes to pay the whole expense of his removal and settlement.” Jackson chose his words such as: “it gives …show more content…

A way he did this is through the line, “What is going on?” Another way he did this was by saying,“The herd us into this pen like cattle.” In addition, Rutledge adds, “I see members of my clan.” A third example of his tone of confusion would be when he says, “What will happen to us? We are to march west to join the Western Cherokees.” Lastly, the author wrote, “They made us walk to this new place we are heading in the middle of winter. I do not like these people.” In all of these lines, the words choice gives readers a sense of confusion, as they make them wonder what is going on, where they are, and why these soldiers are took him and his clan. Michael Rutledge did a great job at using diction to create a tone of confusion for his

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