How Did The Us Use Native American Exceptionalism

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The U.S used American exceptionalism to justify Native American removal by trying to trick Natives into believing they can be “helpful” to each other and by using power that they knew the natives didn’t have. In source C it states, “listened to our professions of friendship; we called him brother, and he believed us.” This shows the trickery used by Americans towards the Natives, causing them to be forced out of land. Similarly it states, “He thought the U.S government would trick, bribe, and bully Indian tribes as it carried out the law. The trickery, He feared, would lure Indians into selling their lands. They would accept wastelands in the west in the place of their land in the South.” Hence the fact “ trick bribe and bully” were said. …show more content…

According to “Blankets for the Dead” reading it states “ For more than a century, the Cherokees had watched first the colonies and then the United States chip away at their tribal territory. In treaty after treaty, they exchanged one more piece of land for one more promise of respect and coexistence.” This shows the trickery used by Americans towards the Natives, causing them to be forced out of land. Telling us how Americans agreed to be helpful towards Natives, just to later go on and betray them. Americans caused Natives to leave their lands based on broken promises just to get betrayed in the end. Similarly, Source C states, “He thought the U.S government would trick, bribe, and bully Indian tribes as it carried out the law. The trickery, He feared, would lure Indians into selling their lands. They would accept wastelands in the west in the place of their land in the South.” Hence the fact “ trick bribe and bully” were said. This proves, the U.S used their knowledge to over-power “indian” tribes. They wanted and did force Indians out of their land using knowledge, money and power. All of this concludes that the United States forced Natives out of their land using trickery and suppressed the natives until they got what they

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