Indian Removal Act Research Paper

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The Indian Removal Act The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was a controversial topic, not only in politics, but also in every day households across the country. To remove entire tribes from land they have occupied for years was not only a question of moral right or wrong, but also a question of the Constitution’s limitations on such things as removing people from land. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was not only unconstitutional, it was also politically and morally wrong. In the Constitution, there is nothing said about removing people from land. The Cherokee people wanted to fight the act, and they decided to take their complaints to court. Their cases went to the Supreme Court three times, and the first case made people begin to question the constitutionally of the Indian Removal Act. In 1832, the Court reversed its original decision and ruled that Georgia could not control tribes on their own territory. The third case declared that crimes committed in Cherokee Territory could not be taken to court under the jurisdiction of the State of Georgia. However, even when the Court pardoned a Cherokee named Corn Tassel for a murder on Indian…show more content…
The Indians had lived on their land all the lives, and had no idea what the land in Oklahoma would be like. They had no clue how they would grow crops, hunt, raise livestock, or keep their cultural identity in a land they knew nothing about. The journey to the new lands was also long and dangerous; the Trial of Tears is an example of how horrible the journey was. When the Creeks made the journey, for example, 3,5000 of the original 15,000 did not survive the trip. The worst part of this journey is the fact that children had to be removed as well, and had to make that journey. Children were the people who typically died along the way, which is the sad truth about the selfish needs of white settlers; they did not just cost people their land, they also cost them their

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