Andrew Jackson on Indian Removal

(1830)

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On December 6, 1830, in his annual message to the nation—now commonly referred to as the president's State of the Union address—President Andrew Jackson delivered his remarks On Indian Removal. In the spring of 1830 Congress had passed the Indian Removal Act, and on May 28 of that year Jackson had signed the bill into law. The act gave the president the authority to negotiate “removal” treaties with all of the Indian tribes east of the Mississippi River. Under these agreements, each...