Appeal of the Cherokee Nation

One of the early laws of Andrew Jackson’s administration, the Indian Removal Act of 1830 provided for uprooting the Cherokee and for other tribes, with a total population of around 60,000 living in the southeast. The Cherokee had made great effort to become citizens, establishing schools, adopting a constitution modeled on that of the United States, and becoming successful farmers, many of who owned slaves. However, in his message to congress, Jackson referred to them as “savages” and supported Georgia’s effort to seize Cherokee land and nullify to the tribes laws.