A Comparison Of America's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

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As an American, one could ashamed of the actions and policies of the US government; unfortunately, much of America’s history has followed the trend of oppression and imperialism started by those first European settlers, who colonized the Americas and supplanted the Native Americans. Hidden in the great American success story, lies a darker history of those who didn’t win, those who never got to write the history books.
The descendants of the European settlers, who eventually founded the United States of America and its government, have not only taken land from Native Americans, but they have repeatedly violated their basic human rights over hundreds of years. Similarly, the U.S. has subjugated, oppressed, or killed people of other nationalities and ethnicities throughout most of its history, including the slaves from Africa and their descendants.
The United States of America’s treatment of Native Americans
As mentioned in Bury My Heart at Wounded
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In fact, many Native Americans worked side by side with the African slaves and their descendants, as many people from both groups were forced to work on the plantations that helped build America’s wealth.
One current example of a misunderstanding both that groups face is related to the way they are identified by mainstream American culture; people tend to identify Africans and Native Americans as individual groups. In reality, Natives Americans were comprised of over 500 groups, each with distinctive cultures and languages; similarly, the Africans that were brought to the Americas as slaves originated from at least 60 unique groups (Handle, p.5). This wide generalization could be compared to grouping Norwegians with Italians and referring to them both as “White

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