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By Ronald N. Satz

The Jacksonian interval has lengthy been famous as a watershed period in American Indian coverage. Ronald N. Satz’s American Indian coverage within the Jacksonian period makes use of the views of either ethnohistory and public management to investigate the formula, execution, and result of govt regulations of the 1830s and 1840s. In doing so, he examines the diversities among the rhetoric and the realities of these rules and furnishes a much-needed corrective to many simplistic stereo-types approximately Jacksonian Indian policy. 

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In the meantime, Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster, Senator Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, and New York Congressman Ambrose Spencer persuaded the Cherokees to em­ ploy former attorney general William Wirt to carry their case to the Supreme Court. 3 Although Congressmen Clay, Webster, Spencer, and Freling­ huysen worked closely together to prevent the removal of the Cherokees, their attitudes toward Indians and Indian rights were somewhat varied. Because these men were the leaders behind the antiremoval movement, their views deserve some attention.

I=�e. <��i:iieiit_ . t be­ moaned the " 'enormous expense" removal would bring. The issue oflndian-treai'y �ights vers'us 'state�' -;[ghfsft�d th;vIscissitudes of partisan politics caused the Jacksonians and their opponents to momentarily trade positions concerning federal expenditures. 59 When the Senate took up the slightly modified House version, opposition leaders Frelinghuysen and Peleg Sprague of Maine once again unsuccessfully attempted to add amendments guaran­ teeing the Indians all rights provided by treaties and requiring the � \ Old Hickory Takes Command 31 executive department to furnish Congress with detailed information about the proposed western sites for the Indians before any voluntary emigration began.

In order to correct the president's obvious oversight and to appease his constituents, Hemphill made several recommendations. First, he suggested that the president appoint "three disinterested commissioners" to help implement Indian removal. They would visit the various Old Hickory Takes Command tribes, inform them of conditions in the western areas intended for their new homes, and ascertain tribal feelings about emigrating. �e.. �lyjgnorant of the country required for from seveilty-to-a -hundred thousallcf Indians: wfio'are contemplated - to be removed.

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