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While herding cattle for Robison, Jackson sustained a serious head injury. He recalled that his leg became hung up on a strap when he was riding with the colonel’s son, Fred Robison. ” he answered, “Hurt right through here,” placing his hand on his forehead. That he received a head injury appears true; its severity is debatable. 22 Please Pass the Injin Territory While Jackson passed over the accident as insignificant, other witnesses magnified the seriousness of the injury as the cause for Jackson’s alleged mental weakness, including his rather sketchy recall of the events of the first sixty years of his life.

A Cherokee delegation to Washington wrote home to their chief in : It did seem as if the world was about to rise in arms against us. We saw that even the press had been largely subsidized in favor of the dissolution of our government and invasion of our rights. . [E]ven benevolent associations which were organized a few year[s] ago to urge Congress to keep the treaties which had been made with Indian tribes, are now advising the erection of a territorial government in our country and allotment of our lands in violation of our treaties and without our consent.

But such political control was fragile at best. S. citizens, control of crime became a problem. Cattle rustling, the rule of guns and whiskey, and violent personal vendettas were visible signs of what some perceived as rampant lawlessness. Adding to the perceived chaos, civil war broke out between two Creek factions. ”31 The pressure to privatize and individualize the Indians’ landed estate and tribal assets via allotment was the political issue that brought the demographic and economic developments to a head.

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