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What were the major arguments for and against Indian removal?

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There were arguments for and against removing the Native Americans from the lands on which they lived that were located east of the Mississippi River. Those people who were in favor of removing the Native Americans argued that the Native Americans were holding back the progress of the country. As the United States was growing, these people felt that the customs and ways of living of the Native Americans slowed the growth of the United States. They felt that building factories, expanding farming, and constructing new roads and railroads would be a better use of the land. These people also believed that the white ways of living were superior to the Native American ways of living.

Other people felt it was wrong to remove the Native Americans. In some cases, it was illegal. The Supreme Court ruled that the Cherokee tribe couldn’t be forced off of their land. Yet, President Andrew Jackson ignored that decision. There were people who felt this was morally wrong. Other people believed it...

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