Eastern Florida State College
Answer the following question based on your textbook readings AND at least TWO ADDITIONAL SOURCES. Your observations should be typed, double spaced with correct spelling and proper sentence structure, and approximately two-to-six pages in length (500-1500 words). Your research must be reflected within the body of the paper via appropriate citations. You must use footnotes or endnotes for this page (Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian, not MLA or APA). A bibliography of ALL the sources you consulted, including the textbook, should be included as part of the assignment, at the end of the reflective essay.
Based on your research, answer the questions posed below, making sure to take a clear position on the final two question components.
What was the purpose of the Indian Removal Act of 1830? What was the rationale given in 1830 for this Act? What were the short and long term results of this Act? Was the Indian Removal Act justified? Why or Why not? Given the impact of the Indian Removal Act on Native Americans are reparations (definition: compensation for loss suffered or wrong-doing, injustice done) appropriate today for the descendants of those displaced native peoples? Why or why not?
Indian Removal Act of 1830 Name: AMH 2010 Instructor Date Purpose of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 The Indian Removal Act of 1830 allowed the forced emigration Indian Tribes living east of Mississippi to the Indian territories that had been established west of Arkansas and Missouri. Native Tribes that resisted their removal were forcibly evicted through military battles and legal means. The Act envisioned that there would no longer be Indians living east of the Mississippi River, who had to relocate to the established reservations in the west of the Mississippi River. The Act and other similar treaties sought to have the Indians to relinquish titles to lands to the White settlers. Rationale of the Act The Indians had been depicted as a wandering people who had no attachment to the land, and if the settlers take over the land they would put them to better use. The Act was adopted as the federal government sought to free up the land in the American South where cotton farming had become lucrative. The south was a rural based agricultural society, and boom in cotton trading made the land more valuable and it could be bought cheaply. Since there were Native Americans still residing on the lands, the only options were to buy the land or take the land forcibly. The Act authorized eviction of the Indians from lands that could be occupied by Whites, and these lands represented economic betterment. The abundance of the land could only benefit the settlers when they owned la...