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A New Nation

Indian Removal Act

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation

Indian Removal Act
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.73

     challenging words:    southeast, lasted, southeastern, treaty, president, improve, federal, costly, power, history, government, enforce, early, voluntary, journey, issue
     content words:    Andrew Jackson, Native Americans, Many Native American, United States, Mississippi River, Supreme Court, Indian Removal Act, Removal Act, United States Army, Seminole Indians

Indian Removal Act
By Cathy Pearl

1     As president, Andrew Jackson fought for what he thought was right. We may not agree with what he did, but he thought he was doing the best for the country. One issue he had a strong opinion about was Native Americans and the land that they lived on.
2     It was early in the country's history. Many Native American nations lived in the southeastern part of the United States. They wanted to live in peace with the white people. But the white people wanted the land. It was good land, and white settlers could grow a lot of cotton on it.
3     Jackson talked the government into giving land west of the Mississippi River to the Native Americans. Jackson thought that this would work for both sides. The white settlers would get the land they wanted. Native Americans would not be attacked and killed for the land.
4     But most of the Native Americans did not want to move. Many tribes had changed to try to survive with the white settlers. It was hard to change, but they had tried their best to get along with whites. The Cherokee had set up a legal system and a government. They had used ideas from their own beliefs and from European ideas.

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