Why was the debate between John Marshall and Andrew Jackson important?
John Marshall and Andrew Jacksons' debate was important because they had opposing views on how the federal and state government's relationships with the Native American tribes should be. As Marshall viewed the Native American tribes as nations equal to the United States, he argued in Worcester v. Georgia that the states could not impose lands on tribal lands. Jackson was not a fan of this and used the decision to pressure leaders of the Cherokee to sign a removal treaty; however, the Cherokee Nation did not recognize the person whom Jackson dealt with as a leader of theirs. Despite the petition, Jackson proceeded on with the removal while political infighting between the other branches of government over the issue ensued.
In the court case Worcester v. Georgia, Marshall ruled that Jackson's Indian Removal Act was unconstitutional and that he should abolish it immediately. Jackson said, "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!" and completely ignored Marshall's orders. This caused hatred between the two men.