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Great exploration of politics to justify the Trail of Tears
Wallace is almost too balanced in discussing the US political and social landscape that required continual land expansion and the expropriation of Native American land.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Great analysis of the scholarly efforts and cultural explanations developed by nascent anthropologists and government officials to justify such land grabs by declaring the land could not properly 'used' by the nations of the Southeast; therefore Native Americans should be removed so that the 'proper' agricultural system could be established.
Wallace does not focus on personalizing the removal to Andrew Jackson, but describes the developing US as constantly buying internal social peace thru expansion onto Native American land.