05 - The Presidency of Andrew Jackson

05 - The Presidency of Andrew Jackson - March 5, 2008 The...

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March 5, 2008 The Presidency of Andrew Jackson I. Indian Removal a. Conflicting white attitudes and practices toward Indians i. New way of thinking about Indians 1. Indians, like blacks, are innately inferior to whites 2. Cannot change with education or anything 3. Indians are not fit to have land a. Whites would have better use of land 4. Whatever claims Indians have does not matter ii. Legally, Indian tribes were sovereign nations 1. Indians can only voluntarily give their land to whites b. Cherokee in Georgia i. Thought that adoption of American or European practices would give them a better chance of holding on to their land ii. Declared themselves an independent nation and created a constitution 1. Modeled directly of that of the United States 2. Outrages the Georgia state government a. “nulls and voids” the Cherokee constitution i. Cannot be independent within the state b. Does not want Cherokees to be politically independent c. Tried to lower their status to free blacks
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