Argue Essay

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10/30/2011 Argumentation assignment The Indian Removal Act of 1830 Although the Removal Act of 1830 freed up more land and gave white settlers free existing resources, it was because of this act that many Indians were force to leave their homes and their way of living. On May 26, 1830, the Indian Removal Act was passed by the Twenty-First Congress of the United States of America because of the greed white settlers had for land it caused the government to acquire Indian territory. Was this a good enough reason to force innocent people off of their land? The Removal Act was supposed to be voluntary and in a message to congress President Jackson said “It would be cruel and unjust to compel the aborigines to abandon the graves of their fathers and seek a home in distant land. Our conduct toward these people would reflect on our national character.” (Cave), but the way the government handle the situation was cruel and unjust. When most of the Cherokees refused to leave, thousands were rounded up at gunpoint, imprisoned in stockades, and escorted across the Mississippi in what became known as the Trail of Tears (Encyclopedia). This gave white settlers opportunity to take over the Indians land and existing resources. One of the earliest forts built in September, 1830, shortly after the Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 was known as Camp Hinar Sixes. This camp was used to house Indians until it was time to make their way to the new land. The provision in which the government said it would provide never came causing insufficient food, water and exposure to the elements, making many Indians to suffer before the march even began. Was it

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