Essay about The Indian Removal Act Of The West Of Mississippi River

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According to Stewart (2007), on May 28th 1830, the United States of America passed the Indian removal act, after heated debates in congress, which saw the senate vote as 28 to 19 for the bill. The House of Representatives endorsed it by 101 to 97 votes. President Andrew Jackson then signed it into law. The Indian Removal Act was a law that was passed to allow the president to negotiate with the Indian tribes occupying the Southern states on their removal: and subsequent settlement on the federal territory located to the west of the Mississippi River, so that Native Americans could occupy their homeland. The passing of the law saw many American-Indian tribes reluctantly relocate to the west of Mississippi River, in what was popularly known as the ‘Trail of Tears’. This act received support and protest in equal measure: with non-Southern natives who were eager to occupy the land that was for a long time occupied by the ‘five Indian civilized tribes’. Jeremiah Evarts, among other European missionaries was among those who opposed the law alongside a few congressional representatives who challenged it on their respective floors. This law is entwined closely with the notion of ‘manifest destiny’. This is a notion though, for it was never passed as a policy. However, it was a belief that was widely upheld by many Americans, which emphasized that they needed to expand and occupy their whole land and cover the continent. Implementation on manifest destiny had its focus on three…

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