ASSUME THE VIEWPOINTS OF MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN TRIBES AND WRITE A LETTER TO, PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON ABOUT THE INDIAN REMOVAL ACT.THNKS!

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the previous post was quite strong.  I think tone is going to be essential in your letter.  The entire notion of Indian Removal as well as the fact that the Supreme Court ruled that Jackson might not have been within his Constitutional rights to do so would be part of the reason I would invoke a tone of questioning authority.  Given the hindsight afforded, I would enhance this by arguing how fundamentally "unAmerican" it is and how it goes against American Constitutional values to identify a group of people to be "removed."  I would also appeal to the liberties and freedoms invoked in the Constitution in making the case against Indian Removal.  In my letter, I would also intimate that Jackson might have personal emotions against the Native Americans, which could contribute to a clouded judgment in policy decisions.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We cannot write a letter for you, but I will give you some ideas for what I think you might say.

First of all, I think you should start by saying that you do not think the law is reasonable.

Then, you need to talk about why.  This is the more important part.  Some things you might say:

  • Talk about what whites tend to think about Indians (they're savages and stuff like that) and then try to prove them wrong.  Talk about how your tribe has settled down, etc.
  • Talk about the ideals of American democracy and how this act goes against those ideals.
  • Talk about how you think your people and the whites could live in peace.