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Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson

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  • President Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) gave the speech to Congress on December 6, 1830, six months after the passage of the Indian Removal Act.
  • The Indian Removal Act authorized the forced relocation of Native Americans to land west of the Mississippi River.
  • The forced relocation of southeastern tribes came to be known as the Trail of Tears.
  • Jackson casts his policy as a continuation of how earlier administrations had approached the country's relationship with Native American nations.
  • Jackson celebrates the financial advantages the United States will gain by forcing Native Americans out of desirable areas.
  • Jackson stresses that the country will be "civilized" and improved by the relocation of Native Americans. He states that the policy will help to spread advantages such as liberty and religion.
  • Jackson compares the forced relocation of native peoples with the voluntary migration of Europeans and white Americans. He argues that the United States acts with kindness and generosity by proposing to help Native Americans move and create a new life.


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