Dbq On Indian Removal

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The Congress of the United States, in 1830, got together and help a vote on what rights the Native Americans had to the lands they lived it. As the population of America increased and more land was sought after there would be an inevitable conflict with the native people. This sparked and argument that we still see today, the United States of America a land built up of immigrants, the basic question of whose rights were more important and on what basis. When looking at the traditions of the Native American people we could see they have been inhabiting their lands for centuries. Native Americans also had no notion over buying and selling land, they believed that land was for everybody, this idea changed over time as the Natives became accustomed…show more content…
While debating the removal of the Indians, Congress discussed the expulsion of all of the free tribes from all of Eastern part of the country. This argument was not a new one but was set in terms of the principles and experience of a country with a revolutionary heritage that those involved worked to use in support of their side in this clash of immigrants. The US economy was taking off and with the influx or immigrants more land was sought, especially cheap land. Many people wanted to see the US continue to grow strong and dominant which is why those arguing for Indian removal saw it as a necessity. With the US still partaking in slavery and using it to further develop the country, the 1830s debates in Congress over Indian Removal caused a split which showed that there was a disagreement over the direction over development of the country and over the value. Those who were for the removal of Eastern North American Indians were President Andrew Jackson who was just elected to office, Wilson Lumpkin, a representative of Georgia, and Lewis Cass a member of president Jackson’s cabinet and governor of Northwest territories…show more content…
There was also pressure from political figures like Jeremiah Evarts, of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and Peleg Sprague, Senator from Maine. Their main argument was that the rights of Indian nations and their honor was not as important as US expansion and the demands of various states. The basis for the defense against the removal described a nation who ignored any past treaties and agreements on a federal level to take the side of states against the nationally recognized Cherokee people. There were strong opponents of Indian removal and the many strong arguments they set forth were to strengthen their case for the Cherokee whose ancestors have lived on their lands for

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