Abuse of power: Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act of 1830

Alfred A. Cave is a professor of history at the University of Toledo.
Historian 12/2003; 65(6):1330 - 1353. DOI: 10.1111/j.0018-2370.2003.00055.x

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    • "In this environment, ''Indian-hating mobs'' in Georgia engaged in widespread vigilantism against Cherokees and Creeks, burning Indian 268 G. Fields crops and homes while government officials looked the other way (Cave 2003, p. 1337). Though not inflicted directly on the body, this legallyinspired violence reconfigured the geography of Indian bodies as terrorized Indians removed themselves from the landscape and made their way West. "
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    • "Hearing of the Act, many Indians exercised their alleged right to refuse relocation. Governor Wilson Lumpkin of Georgia wrote to President Jackson, regarding the Indians who refused to relocate, " If now they refuse to accept the liberal terms offered, they only must be responsible for whatever evils and difficulties may arise… starvation and destruction await them if they remain much longer in their present abodes " (Cave, 2003, p. 1340). The United States government then intervened by passing the Treaty of New Echota in 1836; a " forced removal " by the United States Army followed (McNickle, 1957, p. 10). "

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