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How did the politics of Andrew Jackson, Manifest Destiny, and Westward Expansion impact the Cherokee, Mexican, and Chinese populations? What societal and/or legal obstacles did each of these groups face in attempting to assert their rights?

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Andrew Jackson had his greatest impact on the Cherokee population, pushing them and other southeastern tribes off their land with his Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act was a key part of Jackson's legacy, as it gave land to his Western constituents and directly led to the Trail of Tears, on which thousands of Cherokee died.

While Jackson did not annex the Republic of Texas, he did not discourage Americans from moving to Texas as guests of Mexico, but he later supported their freedom from Mexican laws. As a retired politician, Jackson would go on to suggest to one of his proteges, President James Polk, that it was in the United States' best interest to annex the young republic.

Under the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, Americans believed that it was their God-given right to spread their culture and governance over the entire continent. This notion became popular in the early 1840s, after Jackson had finished his presidency. One of the major events tied to Manifest Destiny was the...

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