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Andrew Jackson And The Indian Removal Act

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Picture being kicked out of your home that you grew up in and wanted to raise your children in, how would you feel? Imagine the fury and the sadness that would be running through your veins. This is how the Native Americans felt in 1830 when Andrew Jackson came up with the Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act and the events leading up to it is a direct violation of the constitution. It is unconstitutional because the Natives had to convert their way of life to “stay” on their own land and then forced them off their tribal land. Jackson was a power hungry man who believed that anything he said everyone had to abide by, especially the Indian Removal Act.
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 in between the two Carolinas in a small cabin. His father died before he was born and his mother and both brothers all died when he turned 14 years old, he was an orphan (The Seventh US President - Andrew Jackson). He was born poor and worked his way up from the bottom to get through law school with the help of three hundred dollars inherited to him by his grandfather. When Jackson was twenty-four years old he moved to Tennessee, where he would meet his wife that he loved and adored, Rachel Robards, to practice law. He married her in 1791 and helped her raise her eleven children like his own.
Jackson has been involved in the national government since 1796 where he was the delegate for Tennessee as a member of the House of Representatives. From 1797 to 1825 Jackson was a busy man, in that time span he was the United States Senator at two different times, a member of the Supreme Court, fought in the war of 1812, and ran for president but lost against John Q. Adams (The Seventh US President - Andrew Jackson). When Jackson lost to Adams in 1824, he was frustrated and started to slander Adams name and how bad of a president he was. In the 1828 election for presidency Jackson began the “mudslinging” campaign in which he continued to poison Adams name and tactics as president. At the end of the election, Adams did not stand chance against Jackson, and lost to him.
As our seventh president of the United States, Jackson was considered “the peoples President” because he campaigned that he too was just a common man. Jackson thought that as President of the United States he deserved to have more power than anyone else, “Andrew Jackson believed that the presidency represented the will of the people, and, as such, should have broad authority”( The Seventh US President - Andrew Jackson). Since Jackson felt this way many people, especially his political enemies, would refer to him as “King Andrew I” and would make political cartoons of him dressed as a king instead of a president. Jackson’s opponents saw him to be unconstitutional in his politics because of the Second Bank of the United States, but specifically because of the Indian Removal Act.
In the 1800’s America was expanding promptly, it was growing into the south which was the home to many Native American...

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