Cherokee Removal Dbq

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In America, during the 1820s, white settlers yearned for gold. Within the Cherokee land, gold was being discovered by gold mining. The Cherokee initiated a non-violent campaign because they did not want to be relocated due to the finding of gold. The state of Georgia disregarded their request for independence as a nation and sequestered their lands; preventing Cherokee meetings, and built marginal boundaries on the native people. States were formed mostly east of the Mississippi River. President Andrew Jackson was committed to economic growth, the development, and settlement of the western frontier. Unfortunately, these Democratic goals brought conflict to several thousands of Native Americans. Many Indians had conformed to the lifestyles of the…show more content…
The impact of this removal led to three essential court cases. The cases surrounding this Act exploit the government, by demonstrating that not even the Supreme Court cannot aid in their cause. Legal appeals were exhausted and eventually led to the agreement of surrender of their lands. John Ross, elected “principal chief”, led the majority of the Native Americans with peaceful resistance. “The army herded 18,000 Cherokee men, women, and children into the stockades and then forced them to move west. At least one-quarter perished during the winter of 1838-1839 on the Trail of Tears, as the removal route from Georgia to the area of present-day Oklahoma came to be called” (Give Me Liberty 303). The unjust and unfair gains of the Cherokee land by the Americans demonstrated the effects of race and class in society. President Andrew Jackson states, “Established in the midst of the superior race, they must disappear” (Trails of). After months of Jackson’s election, Georgia legislature passed laws stripping Native American’s civil rights within Georgia’s border. With newly written legislature Native American government was labeled as

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