APUSH D Period Jacksonian Era Discussion Notes: Recorded by Maggie TiptonQuestion 1: Based on the Cherokee Removal documents and the info about forts, what were the different perspectives represented in the documents regarding the situation of the Cherokee? In your reasoned opinion, could the various views of the Cherokee have been reconciled and the removal avoided? How? or Why not? -Based on Document 1 (Jackson’s speech), Jackson was blatantly racist, but did have the “white man’s burden” philosophy, where he thought they were justified in removing the Native Americans because they would be “helping” them. -Jackson implied the actions against the Native Americans were “generous”, because they were receiving land, but many could see it was just an act of Jackson’s greed. -This move was just a justification for the U.S. to claim western land. -Jackson calls the natives savages, showing that he has a racist standpoint thinking that getting rid of the natives would benefit the nation. -The Native Americans even took their case to court in Georgia. The Cherokee had their own society and constitution and they had their own deals with the U.S. government. -Shown especially in the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the War of 1812, the U.S. government had been attempting to deal with the natives in various ways including assimilation and annihilation. This migration was a method that they saw as the least harmful, even though it led to many deaths.