Discuss President Andrew Jackson's Indian policy.

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President Jackson's Indian policy is typically seen as a rather immoral policy that was based solely on the needs of white people and not at all on the rights of the Native Americans.  President Jackson supported the white people of the Southeast who wanted to remove the Indians from land that they (the white people) wanted.  The Indian Removal took no notice of the fact that the tribes in this area were "civilized" and sedentary.  This lifestyle (unlike a nomadic, hunting lifestyle) would have made it possible for whites and Native Americans to coexist.  However, the whites were not interested in coexistence.  Jackson's policy (not surprisingly) took the side of the whites without regard for the rights of the Indians.

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