U.S. Indian Policy, 1815-1860, Removal to Reservations
A document-based teaching unit
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The cultural interaction between Euro-Americans and the original inhabitants constitute one of the most compelling and defining conundrums in American history. This teaching unit plumbs the depths of nineteenth-century ideology as it manifested itself in prevailing public attitudes, justifications for actions, and the formation of government policy. Opposing viewpoints are presented on the policy of Indian Removal as well as a variety of Native American responses, especially shifting attitudes among the Cherokees as their circumstances changed. The teaching unit concludes with an examination of the transition in U.S. policy from Indian Removal to concentrating the remaining eastern Indians on reservations.
Lesson 1: The Role of Education
Lesson 2: Euro-American Justifications and Indian Responses
Lesson 3: Indian Removal Policy
Lesson 4: The Case of the Cherokee
Lesson 5: The shift to Reservation Policy