English 101

examine the issue of Indian Removal during the 1830s by considering the various perspectives.

The purpose of this assignment is to examine the issue of Indian Removal during the 1830s by considering the various perspectives. This will allow you to “think historically” about one of the more dramatic events in our history. For this assignment, you will discuss BOTH perspectives regarding Cherokee Removal.
Required Readings
Read the following sources for this discussion:
For Removal
Andrew Jackson’s Second Inaugural Address
Andrew Jackson’s Letter To the Cherokee Tribe
General John Wool Proclamation to the Cherokee
Against Removal
Address by the Cherokee Nation
Letter from Chief John Ross
You will examine the both sides of the debate over Indian Removal by looking at the perspectives of those in favor of Cherokee removal as well as those against it. As you read the 5 primary source documents listed above, identify the major arguments made in each document and then write an essay that is a minimum of 2 pages (there is no maximum limit). You should spend AT LEAST one page discussing each position (one page discussing the perspective of those in favor of removal and one page discussing those against removal). Your answer should reflect the main points from each reading, and ALL readings should be addressed in your essay. When you write your essay, don’t just go reading by reading; rather, see what common themes are found in the readings for both perspectives and write paragraphs based on themes rather than examining each reading individually. This requires more thought, but then your essay won’t read like an extended book report on each document. If you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help.
Be sure to proof your essay before submitting it as errors in grammar and spelling will lead to a deduction in points. Use quotations when writing the exact wording from the reading, and be sure to cite when using exact wording from a source (ex: Wool, 2). As per the instructions in the syllabus, most of the essay should be in your own words and reflect your own analysis of the readings. This means that your paper should include less than 15% quotes/exact wording from the sources to ensure that most of the paper is in your own words. Do not use any outside sources — your paper should only use the documents assigned for this essay. Using outside sources will result in a “0” for this essay (I want you to be historians by analyzing these documents and not rely on the words of someone else on the internet).
Please re-read the Guidelines for Writing Assignments in the syllabus for expectations regarding essays, including this important point: “Meeting the minimum requirements normally results in a C or low B grade, so expect to go beyond the minimum requirements if you want to score an A or higher B for each writing assignment.”