unit 7 THREADS - The audience of this text is President...

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The audience of this text is President Andrew Jackson, and both houses of Congress. “Bills for the removal of the eastern Indians were introduced in both houses of Congress early 1830; debate on the Removal Bill had begun in the House on February 24” (361). Later, the Cherokee council prepared a memorial, which was a petition to Congress. The memorial represented the wrongs that were done by namesake state Georgia. The Cherokee affirm certain rights. “We, the representatives of the people of the Cherokee Nation, in general council convened, compelled by a sense of duty we owe to ourselves and nation in confiding the justice of you honorable bodies, address and make known to you the grievances which disturb the quiet repose and harmony of our citizens and the dangers by which we are surrounded”(362). In this quote, the Indians strongly assert their independence. “Although the American colonists had had to declare their independence, the Cherokees instead affirm theirs. As they demonstrate, they have always been treated by the American colonials and the United States as a sovereign nation” (361). This quote also compares the difference between how the Americans had to declare their independence versus how the Indians had to affirm theirs. Affirming means to assert strongly, or express publicly. In comparison, declaring means to express in a solemn and empathetic manner. A example of affirming is provided in the text, “In a letter to our delegation of the 18 th April last has recognized this right to be abiding in, and possessed by, the State of Georgia; by the Declaration of Independence, and the treaty of peace concluded between the United States and Great Britain I n1783; and which is urged vested all her rights of sovereignty pertaining to Great Britain, and which she previously claimed and exercised, within the limits of what constituted the “thirteen United States” “(362). According to Henry David Thoreau, “That government is best which governs not all; and when men are prepared for it that will be the kind of government they will have”(964). This quotes describes Thoreau’s lenient attitude toward the government. He clarifies how that government can easily manipulate people’s minds, and be abused. “The government itself is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it” (964). In relation to the “City on the Hill” the Indians want to create a society that is based on Gods will. The removal of the Cherokees and other native tribes connects to the idea in the “City on the Hill”. In essence, the Puritans believed they lived perfect. They thought their society should be a city on a hill so that they could show everyone how to live in a way that God wanted.
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My favorite poem by Emily Dickinson is poem #591 “I heard a fly buzz – when I died” (1685). I enjoyed reading this poem because it starts out very sad and lonely. I like how show used the fly throughout the poem because it amplifies the poem, and it is a different take. I think her purpose was to make this poem very spooky and dark with the use of the
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