Indian Removal Act Pros And Cons

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“It will relieve the whole State of Mississippi and the western part of Alabama of Indian occupancy, and enable those States to advance rapidly in population, wealth, and power.” stated Andrew Jackson when discussing the Indian removal act and its pecuniary advantages. On May 28, 1830 the Indian Removal Act was passed. As a repercussion 2,000-6,000 of the 16,000 Cherokee Indians relocated perished traveling what is most commonly known as the trail of tears, or the journey taken by Indians on foot from Louisiana territory into modern day Oklahoma. According to Andrew Jackson, the relocated Indians were at risk of exposure, disease, and starvation to make room for the whites. Lives lost, mental states injured irreparably, children without parents…show more content…
This philosophy is known as the Manifest Destiny. Surprising, an European men interested in calling someone elseś land his own. On April 30, 1803 Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from the French for the price of 15 million dollars. This can translate down to 3 cent per acre, the price apparently of thousands of peopleś lives. In 1776 the US claims they are being abused by British government. And to eradicate their abusers, they draft the Declaration of Independence, which states, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Howbeit, these rights were completely ignored when it came to people the US viewed as objects-- Native Americans, African slaves,White indentured servants and women. These people were as disposable as the kleenex used to wipe a childś noise. They were ranked the lowest of society beaten constantly, fed sparingly, and abused daily. They were stripped of their human rights absolved of their dignity. Is this not what Thomas Jefferson was referring to in the second paragraph of the Declaration, ¨That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” On the contrary, he was speaking of mercantilism and over taxing. Problems that in the eyes of Americaś objects might seem moot. Liberty was not offered to those in society who couldn't pay for

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