Native Americans During The 1800s Summary

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The treatment of the Native Americans throughout the 1800s provides some insight for contemporary readers the climate of the United States, during which animosity between cultures reigned. The United States government has abused the Indians during this time period, constantly relocating them westward, and murdering those who did not go. Throughout American history, there have been cultural clashes and dispute over land between Native Americans and the United States government ever since the arrival of the European settlers. The first major relocation of Indians to the west can be traced back to the 1820’s when President Jackson proposed a removal of the remaining eastern Indian tribes, namely the five big nations – Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws,…show more content…
By the 1880s, her book had aided in shaking the moral senses of America in regards to the natives of the land. Jackson's book was well received by Congress, who appointed a commission to look into Indian affairs. The result was the Dawes Act that broke up reservation land into individual plots. The individual plots were given to Indian families. The effect of the Dawes Act, which was mostly well intentioned, resulted in a further destruction of tribal life. How the Other Half Live was more popular than A Century of Dishonor because it was fighting for immigrants who had the same white color compared to a documentary about the hardships of the long-hated Indians. Jackson’s book created regional myths in California that increased Tourist attraction rather than increase public sympathy for Indians. This was mostly because of the stories of sentiment, overstated idealization, and fine old Spanish families on California ranchos, which distracted attention away from the author’s main thesis and point. Jacob Riis’s book was more widely read because during the time period, there weren’t as much bias toward immigrants as to the Indians, who were considered different from the rest of the white
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