American Indian Policy in the Jacksonian Era by Ronald N. Satz

By Ronald N. Satz

The Jacksonian interval has lengthy been famous as a watershed period in American Indian coverage. Ronald N. Satz’s American Indian coverage within the Jacksonian period makes use of the views of either ethnohistory and public management to research the formula, execution, and result of executive guidelines of the 1830s and 1840s. In doing so, he examines the diversities among the rhetoric and the realities of these guidelines and furnishes a much-needed corrective to many simplistic stereo-types approximately Jacksonian Indian policy. 

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36 A merican Indian Policy 33. , pp. 507-1 1 ; American Spectator and Washington City Chronicle, February 6, 1830; Columbian Star and Christian Index 1 (December 19, 1 829): 338, 2 (February 1 3, 1830): 106-7; 2 (February 20, 1830): 120; Magazine of the Reformed Dutch Chu rch 4 (December 1829): 287; Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock), April 20, 1 830; National Intelligencer, January 1 2, 15, 1830; McKenney to H. L. White, February 26, 1 830, lA, LS, 6: 293, RG 75, NA; T. ; Ambrose Spencer and Henry Storrs to John Trumbull, January 25, 1 830, Gratz Collection; [Evarts] to David Greene, March 3 1 , 1830, Papers of the American Board.

T� 22 A merican Indian Policy Frelinghuysen's lengthy speech, reflecting the arguments of the William Penn essays of Jeremiah Evarts, upheld the right of the southern Indians to refuse to leave their ancestral homes. d, ' :::) modify, or explain away, our public treaties" with the Indians. Indians and their struggle against the state of Georgia. " Yet Georgia officials were proceed­ ing to survey their "rich and ample districts" of land. 39 Frelinghuysen expressed utter dismay over the extension of Georgia law over the Cherokees.

While "persons who have united, at this eleventh hour, in opposi­ tion to a project which has been steadily kept in view by three administrations" were filling the southern Indians with "vain hopes," the Indians had no alternative. The southern tribes "must remove, or remain and be subjected to the State laws, whenever the States choose to exercise their power. " Georgia, following in the footsteps of New York and New England, would never "submit to the intrusive sovereignty of a petty tribe of Indians.

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