Indians throughout were forced to surrender their lands, and although they put up resistance, it was not enough to stop settlers’ expansion and the Indian’s lands were violently taken, and many were killed in the process. “Behind the English invasion and their massacre of Indians, their deception, their brutality was that special powerful drive born in civilizations based on private property. ...the need for space, for land, was a real human need. ..this human need was transformed into the murder of whole peoples.”(Zinn, pg. 16, A People’s History Of the United States) Wealth and fortune was measured by the amount of land a white man had ; therefore, acquiring land by exerting power with lies and deception was the goal of any settler who wanted to be perceived as a prosperous wealthy man.
Even with the concessions that the government made to the Native people, the fact is that they have been put through hell and they were initially and continue to be targeted for extinction in one way or another. The intended death and destruction of a people just because they are of a certain origin or ethnic background does fall under the definition of genocide. The fact is that most of white America is in denial of this term “genocide” and the idea that this continues to haunt the Native Americans of today. Is it a question of being too proud to admit that the whites could actually be this cruel and wrong and make such a mistake? I don’t think that the white man will ever own up to this
Native Americans Cherie "Stacy" Martin HIS/145 July 30, 2012 Timothy Kreisher Native Americans In the early eighteenth century, the Indians were introduced to the Pilgrims. The Indians owned all the land and the white people (Americans) decided to take it from them. The white people decided that since the Indians were not white they needed to be treated differently. They were to have no contact with the white people and were to live in certain areas, which are called reservations. The white people decided that they wanted to take the land away from the Indians and formed a government against the Indians.
Journal Entry 1850 I am writing in this journal the story of the American Indians fight against the American settlers. Before I was old enough to remember a new race of man settled on our lands. We accepted at first but their numbers grew too large, they wanted more of our land than we were willing to give to them. This is what prompted us to join in the Great War what we now call the American Revolution. Many of our tribes from the south fought with the British in hopes of fending off the American Settlers.
The Indian Removal Act was also very controversial, while Native American removal, in theory, was voluntary. In reality, vast amounts of pressure were put on Native American leaders to sign removal treaties. Most observers’ weather they were in favor of the policy or not, were aware that the passage of the act would mean the inevitable removal of most Indians from the state. From 1820 to 1824, Jackson was instrumental in negotiating 11 treaties; which deprived the eastern tribes of their land in exchange for land in the west. As a result of the treaties, the United States gained control of over three-quarters of Alabama, and Florida, as well as parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
2). Consequently, the Spanish did not treat the Natives kindly. They would cut off a hand of the Natives if the gold quota was not met (Doc. 6). As it can be seen the Native Americans had more negative reactions of the Europeans as the other way around.
Although the Indian removal is generally associated with the 1830 act of congress, the process was already being put in effect as early as the 1700s. There was pressure of the whites settlers that led to a small party of Choctaws, Chickasaws and Cherokees to move west of the Mississippi by 1807. Jefferson led the native people to believe that if they were to stay on the land they should adapt to the whites beliefs and religious mindset. The Natives where desperate and in an effort to keep their land they were willing to try anything, so they learned the English language started dressing like them and started to get educated. Assimilation was never the plan though Jefferson ultimately wanted the move the natives off their land and continue the expansion.
To the Native Americans there was nothing more important than Family and Land. They would rather die than be without either one of these. Lepore made mention of this after Philip’s wife and child were taken from him and they found him shortly after and executed him. And after the chief leader of the Native Americans was killed the war was over. The Native Americans felt threatened for their land by the colonists.
When addressing racist audiences during his senate campaign, he gathered up the racism in his own comments, ensuring people that he could never see blacks living equally with whites. Another debatable conflict was Lincoln’s views on race. His opinions were not very different from the majority of the southern men. Yet slavery was wrong he still felt as if there was a physical difference between the white and black races that will prevent the two races from living together on socially and equal in society. His solution to this everlasting problem was to ship blacks off to any other country other than the United
Red Power Movement The Red Power Movement was a major turning point for the lives of many Native Americans living in American. The movement was bought upon to have self determination and have their own identity, which is different from the American identity. In order to have the self-determination they need and have their own distinctive identity they had started the Wounded knee. Even though American has the civil right movements and hopes to have create equality among different groups of people, the civil right movement could not believe that Indian had not been integrated in the the bottom levels of American society. Whenever Indians had tried to clarify their position, their arguments would be pushed away and not to be heard.