Unit 2: The Creation of an American Policy
Unit 2 Summary
We will look at Indian policy during the Confederation and the first years under the Constitution. You will learn about national sources of authority over Indian affairs — Article 9 of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution’s Indian commerce, war and treaty clauses — and explore federal adoption and implementation of the factory and treaty systems. In addition, you will be introduced to major figures in the early history of federal Indian policy, including George Washington, Henry Knox, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas McKenney. Finally, we will consider the creation of a new institutional infrastructure to regulate Indian affairs.
Unit 2 Objectives
By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
Unit 2 Video Requirements- two total
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Unit 2 Required Readings
Unit 2 RULES
Unit 2 Question/Discussion: The Creation of an American Policy
Would Native peoples have been better off had the federal government not assumed exclusive responsibility for Indian affairs? How might the history we explore this week have been affected by a greater state role?
Support your response with sources for sources from this unit.
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