Their way of life was also harmed because with the expansion came the building of a railroad. The U.S. citizens were killing buffalo to feed railroad workers and to give leather to factories. Around 1 million buffalo were killed each year and soon they were dying off. In document five, it shows what each part of the buffalo was used for. It shows that the Native Americans used every part of the animals just to survive.
They were treated as sub-human and had no freedom.They recieved very little food, so many starved to death. (Doc 5) Columbus demanded at least a thimble-sized amount of gold every three months from each Native. If they did not reach this goal, their hands were chopped off. In addition, many of the Arawaks were forced onto encomiendas, cash crop plantations, where they were regularly worked to death. Seeing the impending doom, the suicide rate of the Arawaks skyrocketed just so they could avoid the fate of those around them.
“Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River”(History.com Staff.). The Cherokees of Georgia tried to accept new customs and fought against the removal in court. After Jackson’s signed the Removal Act, in 1838 (under President Van Buren), 7000 soldiers sent to force 15000 Cherokees west. It was This difficult and dangerous journey is known as the Trail of Tears. The Cherokees had to leave everything behind and on the journey 4,000 had died.
An example of this is, “ Every Jew had to wear the yellow star.” (page 11). The Jews were disrespected many times because of their religion. The camps they were sent to broke many Human Rights. Nobody should have to experience what they did. Millions of Jews were killed for no reason other than the fact that they were blamed for
In the 19th century the US government persecuted the Navajos, forcing the children to stop speaking and learning the language in boarding schools designed to eradicate the Native American culture. (Kirkus Reviews) Ultimately, the Navajo, who at one time were forbidden to speak their own language by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, used that language to help the United States win the war. Eventually the 382nd platoon was created specifically for Navajo code talkers. (Pash) The Navajos served in all six marine divisions, taking part in every assault the
Under orders from Sherman, his men destroyed all sources of food and forage and left behind a starving and demoralized people (Georgia). Sherman and his men destroyed the food stores the people of Georgia had saved for the winter months, leaving a path of scorched-earth and hungry civilians. The Geneva Convention lists this as a war crime, “Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including willfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions;”. The carnage and destruction left by Sherman and his men left a scar that took decades for Georgia to recover from. The willful destruction of food storages, and the following starvation of civilians are clear examples of war crimes.
The Trail of Tears is undoubtedly one of the most inhumane events in U.S history. It all started with the Indian removal act enforced by President Andrew Jackson. The U.S military were ordered to forcefully evict many innocent people and have them walk extremely long distances during excruciating weather. Many Indians dropped dead in the midst of the trail causing grief for the Indians hence, its name Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was an abomination for the U.S due to the fact that this act was unconstitutional,caused mass genocide, and the land had originally belonged to the natives.
So the treaty signed by about 100 Cherokees determined the lives of about 17,000 other Cherokees to live in Indian Territories, and caused the Cherokees to be forced to leave their homeland. In conclusion, the U.S. government ordered the Indian Removal Act of 1830 because of their greed for gold and expansion of land. The white settlers greed for gold and more land caused the Cherokees to leave their homeland, and resulted in the deaths of about 4,000 thousand Cherokees. So the journey of the Cherokees is widely remembered today as “The Trails of
“The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.” - Stephen Ambrose The Holocaust was a horrible event that took place between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945. An estimated 17 million innocent people died and millions of lives were changed forever. The Holocaust took so many things away from the Jews that we could not even imagine like living today. The Jews have suffered in many ways, they suffered before the Holocaust, in the Holocaust, and after the Holocaust, if they were even lucky to survive. Thank god the Holocaust is over but, I feel bad for the people that suffered in it.
Cherokee, Cheyenne, Seminoles Option #2 During the nineteenth-century, the federal Indian policy changed and it forced the removal or relocation of many different Indian tribes. The federal government sought to expand its control of territory and resources across America. The one big problem the U.S. faced were the Indians who resisted their removal. Georgia signed the Compact of 1802 which stated that if Georgia were to give up their western claims, the U.S. would eradicate American Indian land titles in Georgia and remove them (Lecture 14). One of the tribes in Georgia was the Cherokees.