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American Indian Policy in the Jacksonian Era by Ronald N. Satz

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 research the formula, execution, and result of govt guidelines 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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397, 399-400; I. C. Bates to Evarts, February 26, 1830, Evarts Family Papers, Yale Univer­ sity; Dean Ray Montgomery, "Jeremiah Evarts and Indian Removal" (Master's thesis, University of Maryland, 1971), pp. 1 06-26. 37. , pp. 307, 309-20; Charles R. ), Dictionary of American Biography, 22 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956), 7: 16. Also see Frelinghuysen to Evarts, January 1 1, February 22, 1 830, Evarts Papers, Library of Congress. 38. , pp. 309-12. 39. , pp. 3 1 2, 316, 317, 320.

The wide circulation given his pithy essays, which began appearing in the National Intelligencer one week after the formation of the New York Indian Board, made it imperative for Jackson to step up his campaign for Indian removal. 25 The administration found additional support primarily among the Baptists, who had a large southern and western membership. The Reverend Isaac McCoy had relentlessly pressured the Baptist General Convention into endorsing Indian removal. In May, 1 829, McCoy began an eight-month campaign swing throughout the East Coast to win support for the measure.

1 9 The New York Indian Board officially convened on July 22, 1829, and selected Stephen Van Rensselaer as its president. Its membership included representatives of the Dutch, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches. McKenney traveled to New York at government expense to supervise the organizational activities and the drafting of a constitution. " Consistent with the administration's position, the board acknowledged its support for the emigration, preservation, and improvement of the Indians with the explicit stat�ment that only emigration could bring preservatiQQ and im­ provement.

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