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Even before he was elected, President Andrew Jackson had been instrumental in forcing Native Americans out of the South. Once in office, he continued this policy at an accelerated pace. The Cherokee nation was one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" in the southeast, and like all other tribes existing east of the Mississippi River, their removal was essential to Jackson's plan.
Chief Justice John Marshall made it clear that moving Native Americans off their land because gold was discovered violated federal treaties between Native Americans and the United States Government.
In the court case Worcester v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1832 that the Cherokee Indians constituted a nation holding distinct sovereign powers.
What I have learned....
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Was the United States fair and justified in their policies towards the Native Americans in the Southeast?