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To what extent was Jacksons Indian Removal Policy a product of the emerging national spirit Jackson passed the Indian Removal Policy in his second year as president this Act made Jackson handle all Indian affairs He believed that tribes must be subject to the laws of the states not independent nations In 1830 he secured passage of the Indian Removal Act authorizing him to exchange western territory for tribal lands Those Indians that did not leave voluntarily were removed forcibly In 1823 the Supreme Court handed down a decision which stated that Indians could occupy lands within the United States but could not hold title to those lands Uprisings occurred but the Indians were crushed and annihilated by state militiamen Jackson believed that the removal was beneficial to the Indians because he said that they were in need of assistance American nationalism is an important element in understanding Indian Removal Indian nations were the original inhabitants of the land Americans feared and were threatened that the British could influence the Indians The Indians would perish under the superiority of American society unless they are removed from contact with that society They said that the Indians were not utilizing the land to its full productivity and they should give the land to the American farmers Jacksons expansion ideals were indeed nationalistic Ultimately Jacksons policy of removal and reorganization of the Indians won acceptance by most Americans The president was seen as a forceful person who addressed one of the nations most difficult problems and solved it Even Americans that were anxious about the fate of the Indians eventually went along with removal The policy seemed enlightened humane rational and logical It was what Americans wanted and the only solution to the problem was the removal of the Indians
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