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By Ronald N. Satz

The Jacksonian interval has lengthy been well-known as a watershed period in American Indian coverage. Ronald N. Satz’s American Indian coverage within the Jacksonian period makes use of the views of either ethnohistory and public management to investigate the formula, execution, and result of govt guidelines of the 1830s and 1840s. In doing so, he examines the diversities among the rhetoric and the realities of these guidelines and furnishes a much-needed corrective to many simplistic stereo-types approximately Jacksonian Indian policy. 

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Toryth�; they "could commit to agricultural labor . had "noreason to"- complaiIi,� lf other nations, · more laborious and too·closely . confined; come to pos�gss a part. "49 Critics of tne hill deman'ded the enforcement of all treaty provi­ sions guaranteeing the various tribes the integrity of their bounda­ ries and protection from intruders. ' ". , . -- Old Hickory Takes Command 27 Isaac Bates, for example, quoted from an official report of Major Stephen H. S. Topographical Engineers, whose exploring expedition of 1 820 helped to popularize the existence of a "Great American Desert" in the trans-Mississippi West.

This provision seemed to contradict another one guaranteeing that only "tribes or nations" would make the final decision concerning the advisability of emi­ grating. "56 Hemphill concluded his remarks by pleading that his colleagues do nothing contrary to the "practice and principles" of William Penn. The best way to assure such a noble course, he suggested, was to send out the commission he had recommended and to put off the drafting of a formal removal bill until the commissioners could issue a report and until such time as all the ambiguities in the present bill could be ironed out.

RG 75, NA; same to Eaton, April 6, 1830, lA, LS, 6: 373-74, RG 75, NA; Columbian Star and Christian Index 2 (February 13, 1830): 106-7; American Quarterly Review 8 (September 1830): 109-10; Quarterly Register of the American Education Society 3 (November A merican Indian Policy 1830): 1 24; Terry L. D. , Mississippi State University, 1 970), pp. 196-221 , 316. For information on the region that Long reported on, see Richard D. Dillon, "Stephen Long's Great American Desert," Proceed­ ings of the American Philosophical Society 3 (April 1967): 93-108.

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