Saturday, August 22, 2015

Indians want full price?!

A group of men from Jackson's home county sent a "remonstrance" to Congress. Indians must be pushed farther away so that white citizens could travel without "the risk of being murdered at every wigwam by some drunken savage." The same document contained a revealing accusation against the Cherokees, calling them "so tenacious" that "they would not surrender one acre without receiving what would be the value of the land." It was, in other words, unacceptable for white men to contemplate the possibility that they could be forced to pay full price.
Steve Inskeep, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab (New York: Penguin, 2015), p. 89.

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