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How did President Andrew Jackson justify Indian Removal?

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President Andrew Jackson's personal background, military career, political considerations, and assertive character all shaped his view of Native Americans. Moreover, he was—like most white Americans—racist in his attitude toward Indians.

Jackson's personal experience on America's frontier helped shape his hostile view of Indians. On the frontier, the Indians were viewed as a perpetual menace. They also occupied land that settlers wanted to develop, so the Indians stood in the way of progress.

As a distinguished battlefield commander, Jackson won some of his most impressive victories against the Indians. He annihilated the Creeks at the battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. His triumphal experience on the battlefield contributed to his view of Indians as vanquished enemies.

As a president, Jackson's support was strongest in the west, and frontiersmen were belligerent to the Indians. Southeastern states were determined to deny Indians their rights and move them west of the Mississippi...

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