The Leaders of the Cherokee Removal Analytical Essay

The Leaders of the Cherokee Removal
Looks at the major players in the tragedies of the Cherokee Removal, also known as the Trail of Tears.
# 152075 | 2,765 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper commences by describing the roles of the principal chief during the Cherokee Removal John Ross, who was only one eighth Cherokee and the son of a Scottish trader, and Cherokee warrior Major Ridge, who was Ross's chief counselor. Next, the author focuses on Andrew Jackson, the leader of the Tennessee militia, with whom Ridge and Ross fought, and who eventually became the president of the United States and architect and enforcer of the Cherokee's removal from Georgia. The paper concludes by highlighting the work of Reverend John F. Schermerhorn, who was hired by Jackson to adopt the resolution that forced the entire Cherokee Nation to accept the terms and their relocation to lands west of the Mississippi River.

From the Paper:

"The man who led the Tennessee militia who Ridge and Ross fought with would eventually become the third major figure in the Cherokee Removal, Andrew Jackson. His path that eventually led to the presidency of the United States and architect and enforcer of the Cherokee's removal from Georgia was long and involved. As a child, Jackson was treated to a very typical understanding of American Indians. The indigenous nations were portrayed as major antagonists in the Europeans' attempts to settle the American frontier. He typically referred to American Indians as savages and other negative terminology that was actually very common at the time and not scene as harboring feelings of prejudice. Throughout his youth and the rest of his life, Andrew Jackson openly expressed his desire to totally remove all American Indians from the American South..
"Jackson's involvement in the battle against the Red Sticks was clearly motivated by his lifelong dislike of American Indians. While he was staying in Nashville, he learned of the Big Warrior's uprising and expressed his outrage that any United States citizen be subjected to any animosity from any "savages," as he continued to refer to all tribes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Five Civilized Tribes." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1.Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Dec. 2011.
  • HICKS, BRIAN. "The Holdouts." Smithsonian 41.11 (2011): 50-60. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Dec. 2011.
  • "Indian Removal Act Of 1830." Indian Removal Act Of 1830 (2009): 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Dec. 2011.
  • Robert, Remini B. "Andrew Jackson versus the Cherokee Nation." American History 36.3 (2001): 48. Web

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