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DBQ understanding help!

"The decision of the Jackson administration to remove the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830's was more a reformulation of the national policy that had been in effect since the 1790's than a change in policy."

Assess the validity of this generalization with reference to the moral, political, constitutional, and practical concerns that shaped national Indian policy between 1789 and the mid-1830's.

Can someone please explain to me what I'm suppose to be answer. My teacher tried to explain what it was asking, and I still didn't understand. Can someone please help?

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Joined: Oct 2007

Hmm, well, what was going on in the 1790s in regards to the American Indians? Once you figure that out (Um, I'd totally tell you, but I have no idea), it's probably something about the denial of their rights (Cherokee Nation vs State of Georgia, etc.) and the pressure for more land; land that the Indians had been occupying. Anyhow (the last sentence was a fragment...dang), you have to show how Jackson did or did not follow that attitude or mindset with his Indian Removal Act, and if he didn't, how it is a new policy or concept, instead of just the continuation of such (through reformulation).

Dang, that confuses me. Sorry, I'll try to clarify when it's not at an unearthly hour.

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