Matthew Howard June 24, 2013 History 309 Jeffery Glasco Facing East from Indian Country: A Comprehensive Review The misrepresentation of the relationship between Native American’s and European settlers has been widespread throughout United States history. In the book Facing East from Indian Country, author Daniel K. Richter provides an informative and compelling clarification of common misconceptions regarding initial exchanges between the two civilizations. Richter sets out to dispel notions regarding European dominance over Native Americans from first contact. Using a combination of primary sources and creativity Richter paints a contradictory picture to that of traditional United States history. He does so by reliving Native American-European relations from the Native American perspective.
English Essay – Savagery and the American Indian The documentary Savagery and the American Indian, produced by ‘’gives a view as to what happened when the Europeans tried to make a settlement on America, which was home to Indians. The documentary takes a bias view towards the Indians showing how the Europeans stole the Indians land and made it theirs. The director of the documentary uses many techniques to make viewers feel sympathetic towards the Indians rather than the Europeans. The techniques he uses are Music and SFX, interviews (list rest). These techniques create the director’s view and are used to influence viewer’s responses and how they feel towards this situation.
During early colonization, the Native Americans were either conquered or exploited like the African Americans. The Native Americans were seen as a threat during early colonization as the Europeans were more concerned with exploiting North America’s natural resources than actually establishing colonies. Jesuits missions in New France were to try and persuade the Indians into Christianity and adapt to the European way of life. The Jesuits learned the Native American languages and traveled to where they had potential converters. New Netherland colonies formed bonds with the Indians, as the Native Americans were the major peltry supplier to the Europeans and the Native Americans protected their hunting territories.
How did so few Spanish manage to conquer such huge territories and the population taking up those lands? And why? The article “Columbus and the War on Indigenous People” written by Michael Stevenson describes the potential arguments that Europeans used to justify their conquest of the Americas. The colonizing process lead to entering and destroying the indigenous people's territories, and developed methods of disciplinary control over their lives, while coming up with various techniques for taking their land. Men and women were willing to leave the Old World and experience the New World, taking a
As a nation, America should be proud of the first people that lived there, and should embrace Native Americans as a part of our history. However, this has not always been the way that America looks at Native Americans, as this country went through a time in the late 19th century when we wanted to eradicate their entire population, and take all their land for ourselves and our westward expansion. Because of these selfish, inhumane ideas, terrible things like The Trail of Tears happened, and if Indian tribes were not being killed, they were being converted by force. One of the things that suffered along with the Native American cultures and tribes, was their languages. These beautiful, sophisticated
The view of the Indians through the eyes of John Martin and John Smith changed from the years 1607-1622 while they were in the New World. There were conflicts of interest, and differences in the roles of Indians for the Virginia Colony. The view of Indians shifted from 1607-1622. In 1607 when John Smith was leader of the Virginia Colony the Indians started off as hostile people. The Indians then changed when the Indian King's daughter, Pocahontas, wanted to help the settlers.
Graves’ thesis in his article about the Western ‘race’ idea, postulates the origin of racial reality as a socially constructed proposition and lacking any true biological or primordial properties required for a rigidly taxonomic classification of human populations. Graves begins by vaguely alluding to some precursory historical takes on the subject, mainly his own, repeatedly citing himself as a reference from a previous publication. According to the author, both the concept of race and any subsequent taxonomy theories “were inextricably linked to social changes resulting from the European voyages of discovery”. As European explorers, warriors, colonial governors, etc. economically operationalized the world for their expansionist monarchs from the 16th to the early 19th centuries, an enslavement and conquest of native populations created a hitherto nonexistent system of
As time passed by, the American frontier floated into history, and the myths of the west firmly held to the imagination of Americans. To explain how the West was won and make it pleasant to everybody, the American government used the term manifest destiny (God’s will to expand the land) and an assimilation process to make Native Americans civilized. American popular culture widely characterized Native Americans as discomfort and ambivalence to the general people of America. As the United States worked to destroy the Native Americans life, they created way to glorify and romanticize their traditional culture to explain Whites’ imperialist past. Today, it is possible for somebody who does not know about Native American history may have mixed feelings about them
An example of this would be the Indian Removal Act of 1830. While the goal of this was to expand rights of white men by offering them more land, the real group that was affected by this was the Native American groups living on this land, who were forced out of their homes. In 1829, in New York City, from the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents, in their fourth annual report, the following is stated. “To confine these youthful criminals, is to pursue a course, as little reconcilable with justice as humanity; yet, till the House of Refuge was established there was no alternative.” This statement along with the following quote from 1834 by Charles G.
In the article, "Post-colonial Literatures and Counter-discourse," Helen Tiffin raises a number of issues in regards to the hybridization of the colonized and how European universals invariably clash with that of the native. From the very beginning of the article, Tiffin notes that there is a "call to arms" (so to speak) that encompasses the "demand for an entirely new or wholly recovered 'reality,' free from all colonial taint" (95). This hope is idealistic, especially when evaluating the role that the English language plays in the lives of those who are colonized. Tiffin realizes this fact and views most post-colonial literature as a "counter-discursive" mode of expression that is highly involved in "challenging the notion of literary universality" (96). The most interesting challenge raised by this European universality is the fact that many post-colonial authors use English as the means to express or disassemble notions of these supposed commonly held mores, thereby creating a hybridized literature.