Indian Removal and Forced Assimilation

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It can be difficult to describe the removal and forced assimilation of indians during Andrew Jackson's presidency to a class. Reading the manuscript of the Indian Removal Act and analyzing photographs and political cartoons from the time period are valuable ways to access this piece of American history.

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Pros

  • Great links to primary source databases of Native American assimilation 
Cons

  • As this is a supplementary lesson, instructor will need to provide a significant amount of background information and contextual support for primary sources before beginning
  • Separate or embedded lessons, such as how to properly use a primary source analysis tool/worksheet or how to complete a graphic organizer for a persuasive essay, may be required
  • You may want to include analysis of additional primary sources beyond what is designated in the lesson plan.