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The Pros and the Cons of the Indian Removal Act
Transcript of The Pros and the Cons of the Indian Removal Act
Pros for The Native Americans
• Some tribes sold their land and then got a lot of money to move.
• Got land away from the White Americans
• Banded Indian tribes together against the government.
• Made white people look foolish
Pros for White Americans
• Got gold mines and prebuilt farms.
• Got to move westward
• Got rid of competition
• Got fertile land from the native Americans
• Cheap land
• Allowed more expansion west as Indians were moved more and more
Current Condition of Native Americans
Current Living Conditions for White Americans
They have land west of Mississippi, have own culture instead of native culture, and 77.9% of Americans are white.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830
The Indians Removal Act of 1812 was passed of the intent to trade goods and land for the land the Indians currently had. Unfortunately Andrew Jackson did not do that and forced the Indians of their property. In this Presentation we will see if their removal was justified.
Views of the Native Americans
That they were arrested and dragged from homes,did not have blankets and were
also barefooted, and that they were in 645 wagons going west
View of the White Americans
That it is lawful for the President is allowed to take land and give it to whoever he chooses and that it is within America’s right to take Natives’ land and do it immediately.
By George Bennett and Edward Liu
Cons for the Native Americans
• Many died of exposure, malnutrition and other things.
• Increased distrust of White Americans
• Lost land and lost money
• If they wanted to stay behind they could be made slaves or people could attack them.
• Were discriminated against.
• Scattered tribes and made affirming Indian ancestry difficult
Cons for White Americans
• Showed political corruption
• Increased distrust of Indians of the Federal Government
• Laws became complicated as Indians had inter-racial marriage
• Made Indians refuse to cooperate even more
• Could not make treaties with Indians
Based on the facts provided we conclude that The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was not justified because both side were at a lost and gained little to nothing at the end.
They have rights to govern themselves, define their own membership, manage tribal property
and regulate tribal business, and
domestic relations.There are 2.5 million Natives in the US.
There are high rates of poverty,
infant mortality, unemployed
natives, and only 1.2% are n natives
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