Effects Of Westward Expansion

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Through the first half of this semester I have examined the undeniable truths of how Westward Expansion has affected Indians. It has encouraged me even more so to explore both sides of the story. I did not know how horrible Indians lives were when the outsiders invaded their land. I have been enlightened through this material concerning the mental and physical aspects of the westward expansion. The poor treatment towards Indians are shown immensely through the removal, and the stripping of their culture. The outsiders came across the ocean, saw the land as a gold mine, and sought to establish the new world as their own. With little notice, Indians were expected to pack up everything and leave. Sometimes they were not able to even pack all their goods, or grab family members. “From Pushing the Bear” clearly lays out the processes of this removal through the Cherokee. The peaceful pleading from the Indians to stay in their homeland was not a deterrent. The outsiders responded by presenting a deadline for the removal “At last the hunger for Indian land led to forceful eviction by the U.S. Army. More than seven thousand federal and state troops were sent to the Cherokee nation to complete removal.” Little did they know of the true viciousness that the outsiders would initiate upon them. “His legs wobbled as he tried to stand but could not. The soldiers beat him harder with the whip to make him get up.” Beyond being rushed out of their homes, they had to endure through
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