45 and Counting: James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren
In anticipation of the 2020 election, Voices will be highlighting a 2016 series published by Indian Country Today which provides an overview of how each president has played a role in policies that affect the legacy of Indigenous peoples after the advent of colonization. This series, written by journalist Alysa Landry, paints a picture of how we have arrived at the present moment under these leaders.
Read part 1 here. This week’s installment features James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren.
James Monroe: Pushed Tribes off Land, But Boosted Education
John Quincy Adams: Indian Policy “Fraudulent and Brutal”
Andrew Jackson: Instigation of Indian Removal
Editor’s note: The original article appears to have been removed. Read more about Jackson’s Indian Removal Act here.
Martin Van Buren: The Force Behind the Trail of Tears
Editor’s note: A new installment of “45 and Counting” will be published every Tuesday from August 11th until Tuesday November 3.