Zinn, Chapter 7 (131 – 139)
Reading Guide 2
What attitude might be hidden in the use of the paternal language of the
American government? (referring to the Indians as “children”
& to the president as “father”)
Why did the Choctaw and Creeks not want money for their land? Why did
they reject the offers of money in exchange for their land and subsequent
As “learned” from the constitutional law...states have jurisdiction
in some cases and the federal government in others. The Indians are
“controlled” by the states in some cases (like the laws created
to disarm their tribe as a legal unit) and under the control of the Feds
in instances of treaty negotiation and “removal”) How does this
work against the Indians?
How does the state vs. Fed affect the Indians when gold is discovered on
Cherokee land in 1829?
According to Van Every, where did the forces of “removal” come
(if not from the poor white frontiersman)?
Since the Cherokee (those left behind in the East) were vastly outnumbered,
how did they attempt to cope?
Van Every addresses the foundation principle of Indian Government, what is
The Indian removal bill discussed on page 136 – 137 was strongly supported
by ___________. It narrowly passed the senate.
Even though the Indians were provided with funds and protection as they were
relocated, what happened to the moneys and foods set-aside for them?
Summarize the Cherokee memorial to the nation. (A sentence of two for
each of the three parts should be sufficient)
What is Jackson’s response?