With all the power of a president, Andrew Jackson signed into law The Indian removal act which forced millions of Native Americans off their sacred lands. They were pushed away with many broken promises and signed treaties. Natives were miserable, they did not want to give up their lands but they had no choice, the government was too strong. The act also authorized the slaughter of numerous villages. Redbird clarifies that with lack of weapons, native had no choice than to be forced off their lands.
The document “Colonists Encroach on the Stanwix Line”, records a speech made by a Native American, John Killbuck to the governors of three separate English Colonies. He tells of the English and other European Settlers invading Naive American lands base on their own greed and compete against one another. The English haven’t always agreed on bringing about peaceful compromises on the lands they and other European Nations have conquered, instead, wars erupted and whoever were the victors reaped all the rewards, land that consisted of Native American tribes. The Native had tried to make a peaceful compromise of a land dispute by setting a boundary between Native American tribes and the English Colonies. However, with the increase of Europeans flooding
Portilla points out how wary this made the Mexicas about their new “guests” and how they immediately reported what they saw to their king. By the time the Spaniards marched all the way to the Aztec metropolis, Tenochtitlan, they had created several allies. Portilla explains that the people that sided with the Spaniards were enemies that had been conquered by the Aztec. The Mexica’s began to resent their “gods” and mistrust King Motcuhzoma for letting the Spanish conquistadors wreak havoc among the natives and their customs. Before long the author begins to describe the many battles fought between the Aztec warriors and the strangers.
Once European men stepped foot onto what is now known as North America, the lives of the Native Americans were forever changed. The Indians suffered centuries of torment and ridicule from the settlers in America. Despite the reservations made for the Natives, there are still cultural issues occurring within America. In Sherman Alexie’s, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the tragic lives of Native Americans in modern society are depicted in a collection of short stories taking place in the Spokane Reservation in Washington state. Throughout the collection, a prominent and reoccurring melancholic theme of racism against Native Americans and their struggle to cope with such behavior from their counterpart in this modern day and age is shown.
In 1932 we get the bullets and gas of the police, as we did in Washington, and the troops, which Hoover called put against us. Because we were demanding the Bonus so that we and our families could have something to eat, the President of the United States orders the army to gas and bayonet us, to burn our meagre belongings and to drive our wives and children into the dark of the night,” (Veteran’s 3). Even soldiers who had to dissolve the protest were discontent with evacuation of protestors. George S. Patton, a senior Army officer, reflected on the elimination of the Bonus Army, calling it, “a messy affair for everyone,” and, “[a] most distasteful form of service,”
Pierce also sights them as traitors, showing he is backing pro slavery territorial legislature. When this happened the pro slavery marshal assembled a large posse to arrest them. When they arrived in Lawrence, Kansas they overturned the town, destroyed many printing presses, and burned down the “Governor’s” house. The violence in Kanas began in 1854 and continued thru 1861. When the attack on Lawrence is answered by John Brown and his four sons and few others on the anti-slavery side strike back.
Ross related that it was more than just the taking of their land. Those expanding the frontier were acting like barbarians, destroying and pillaging, while the federal government, that had pledged to protect the Indian in exchange for severe limits on their military forces and their foreign relations.” Ross was also pointing out that it was not just encroachment with people attempting to take their land but it was much bigger than that when people were stealing Cherokee property and destroying their stuff. The representatives of the Cherokee complained on a normal basis they were just asking for the US to uphold its part in the many treaties that they signed with the Cherokee
Furthermore, a further obstacle of change was the Ku Klux Klan which demonstrated America as ‘the united states of Lyncherdom’. Supreme Court encouraged Klan terrorism, castrating thousands of blacks as if it was acceptable, showing the massive social division. The ‘Mississippi plan’ emphasised this white supremacy as Newspaper defended lynches as ‘home –loving’ . This demoralised activist as it showed blacks had no legal protection. Nevertheless, positive changes did occur in this period.
One of the events that pushed the country to war is the Beating of Charles Sumner in 1856. One day Charles Sumner spoke in the Senate about the problems in Kansas in his Crimes Against Kansas speech. In his speech he spoke about how popular sovereignty would not work in Kansas due to the violence with the antislavery and proslavery groups. Also, he talked about how Stephen Douglas and Andrew Butler were evil because they supported this plan. When he was giving this speech Andrew Butler was out so Charles Sumner said bad things about Andrew Butler,“The senator from South Carolina has read many books of chivalry, and believes himself a chivalrous knight with sentiments of honor and courage.
Joseph McCarthy accused thousands of Americans to be communists and wanted those people checked and rid of. As well as the Loyalty Order, there was nobody found guilty. The Americans also lived with the fear of a nuclear bomb dropping into the U.S. The Soviets scared the Americans enough for them to make many preparations to protect themselves from harmful attacks. It was unreasonable for Americans to fight communism with only fear, communism has never brought itself into the