Date of Award

Fall 1991

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department


Fitzsimmons examines the attitudes of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and President Andrew Jackson toward the issue of Cherokee Indian removal and the two Supreme Court cases dealing with it, Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia and Worcester vs. Georgia. Synthesizing primary sources such as Court arguments and personal correspondences with secondary sources, Fitzsimmons argues that Jackson has been treated unfairly in the literature on the subject; rather than being a blatant racist, he was a pragmatic leader who was remarkably similar to Marshall in his desire to preserve the Cherokee way of life.