A great READING resource with QUESTIONS and ANSWER KEY included! It focuses on the topic of Indian Removal Act.
Included are 1 page reading, 1 page question sheet and 1 page answer key! Perfect for homework assignments, classwork or reading for test review! Can be used for both middle and high school level.
The reading introduces students to a brief overview of the Indian Removal Act. This explains how the legislation demanded the relocation of Native Americans to reservations in Oklahoma territory. The next section focuses on motivating factors on why this legislation was passed and supported by Americans. For instance, economic interests such as taking Native American territories to increase business opportunities and using the land for agricultural means. It also mentions why President Andrew Jackson supported the passage as he believed it would mitigate tensions with Native Americans if they were relocated further west away from Americans. Most importantly, the next section focuses on opposition to the Indian Removal Act and dispel the misconception of an overwhelming support for the legislation. This includes mentioning how the legislation was passed with a close margin and also identifies those who opposes the legislation. This consisted of missionaries, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Davy Crockett and other notable figures. It will also explain how Native Americans suffered from the Indian Removal Act as they left their ancestral homeland and how thousands of Cherokees died on the Trail of Tears from harsh treatment and weather conditions. Lastly, the reading explains how Supreme Court cases of Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia and Worcester vs. Georgia plays a role in causing friction with President Andrew Jackson. This represented the ongoing tensions and conflicts between the judicial and executive branches of the United States.
Some vocabulary words and key terms that are included in this reading are legislation, reservations, President Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal Act, treaties, House of Representatives, assimilate, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Davy Crockett, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek, Mississippi River, Trail of Tears, Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia, Worcester vs. Georgia, Supreme Court, Georgia, John Marshall and states' rights.
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