How did President Andrew Jackson justify Indian Removal?

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As can be seen in the link below, President Jackson gave many arguments for Indian Removal.  However, the gist of these arguments can be summarized in two reasons.  Jackson said that Indian Removal was good for the white settlers (and the country as a whole) and good for the Indians.

Jackson emphasized that clearing the Indians out would be good for white settlers whose actions would, in turn, be good for the country.  White settlers would come in and densely populate an area that had previously been sparsely populated by Indians.  They would bring more economic activity to the area and make the country richer.  This, clearly, would be good for the country and the settlers.

However, Jackson also argued that the Indians would benefit.  He argued that it would be good for them to be removed from contact with whites.  He said that it would allow them to avoid being annihilated.  He said that it would allow them to preserve their native culture.  He said that it would allow them to perhaps become civilized at their own pace.

In these ways, Jackson argued that Indian Removal would be good for everyone.


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