Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The debate over Indian removal in the 1830's
by Goss, George W., M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2011, 136; 1494034
Abstract (Summary)

The US in the 1830s debated the relationship between the US and Indian Communities of North America. The principles calling for equal rights and political democracy were in contradiction with the principles calling for the US to follow colonial principles of the European empires that had begun to invade North America in the late 1400s. The colonies that had revolted against British rule in the late 1700s continued their expansion of settlements and political incorporation. The proposal of Indian Removal was a straightforward expression of that expansionism. There was a national campaign developed in support of the Indian resistance, particularly from the Cherokee. The opposition to Removal was advancing principles that in effect called for the US to develop practical policy that was in line with its past proclamations and treaty commitments. The proponents argued in support of the right of states to override treaty law, because the Indians were an inferior race. The principles of white supremacy and colonial rights of discovery and conquest won the day.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hacsi, Timothy
Commitee: Miller, Bonnie, Winch, Julie
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Native American studies
Keywords: Cherokee, Indian, Jackson, John ross, Removal
Publication Number: 1494034
ISBN: 978-1-124-67868-9
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