During the Gilded Age, many fortunes were made by the railroad system. The increased construction of railroads provided the transportation of people, supplies, and trading goods. The movement of people from the east to the west allowed for increased populations and the spread of their culture. The railroad system provided a service that could quickly and cheaply move supplies across America. The Manifest Destiny was also fueled by the railroad system in the sense that Americans felt it was their duty to spread the knowledge and teach other races.
The history of gang violence has a similar pattern that minorities whom are discriminated and outcaste deal with their oppressors by grouping up with others in the same situation. The Zoot suiters or Pachuccos, were a Mexican- American gang prevalent in Southern California during the 1940s. They are significant to Mexican-American history because of their discriminatory background growing up an immigrant or native to the United States both seen as outsiders in Mexican and American communities. The Zoot Suiters challenged segregation and discrimination through their clothing and actions to find pride within their Mexican-American culture. However, society marginalized the Zoot suiters through media producing the clash between zoot suiters and military during WWII putting into question the character those on either side.
In order to control even more the natives, another Indian Appropriation Act was passed in 1871. It said that Indian tribes were no longer seen as an indepedent nation but that all Indians were just individuals, like everyone. But also that they were "wards" of the federal government. This obviously made the natives less powerful, because as a tribe, they were numerous so they had more power and they could have treaties with the government. But with the act, it did not work anymore. Indeed this was a way to control them even more, they took away from them some power that they had, plus putting them on reservations by force, they were truly "wards" now. As a consequence, since they were no longer tribes, it was easier for the government to take
The destruction of the Sioux’s native land had a great impact on their idea of home. When the Wasichus destroyed pieces of the physical being of their home, they also destroyed the emotional and mental ideas of home as well. The killing of the bison, had a very strong impact on the tribe, as well as when the whites forced the Sioux, to conform to their ideals of living, mainly by forcing them to live in the square houses.
Although the United States is arguably one of the most progressed democracies globally, certain aspects of the government’s institutions need attention. An institution is a broad term that accounts for the Electoral College, news outlets, education, economy, and most specifically, the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Informally, the bureaucracy is considered an institution since it is necessary in executing policy throughout the country. Within the bureaucracy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs exists. The BIA is currently housed within the Department of the Interior, a department under the Executive branch. The BIA is in charge of protecting the interests of Native Americans. However, throughout history, the BIA seems to only protect the interests that they deem necessary. (Cornell) The Founding Fathers knew at the very beginning that they’d have an ongoing and complex conflict with the Native Americans, as they knew that they had stolen their land in a matter of seconds. The United States trusts in the Bureau of Indian Affairs to justly assist in the regulations and governance of Native American tribes, but does it?
Native Americans refer to a group of individuals who descended from the indigenous communities that lived in Columbia. The increase in the population started in the 15th Century were European started migrating to America. Full control of these ancient occupants by the United States Government has been blamed for the suffering and poverty they live in today. The policies on land and economy limit the Indian’s abilities to experience sustainable economic growth. Lies and broken promises characterize the American policies on the Native Americans. They say that the American history did not observe the “freedom and equality for all” rule. With the expansion of the American population during the ancient times, the federal government began experiencing
Mni Sota, micoke – Dakota translation as ‘home of the cloud tinted waters’, Minnesota - Known by North Americans as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’, lies at the northern end of the Mississippi River and the westernmost point of the inland waterway that extends through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean. The Ojibwe and the Dakota were among the Native people who first made this land their home. European settlement in the area began in1820 with the establishment of Fort Snelling. By 1849, Minnesota became a U.S. territory and on May 11, 1858, Minnesota entered the Union of the United States. The settlers flooded in. The Dakota were being squeezed into smaller areas. Moving from previously prime hunting and fishing grounds to increasing smaller non-productive reservations, harsh winters and low supplies created times that that left many native families hungry and frustrated.
Mexican Americans share some historical experiences with that of the Chinese American experience. Mexican Americans first arrived in California in 1917 as well as the large movement of Asians to the western hemisphere in the early 19th century. Mexicans and Asians were not accepted when they first immigrated to America. We have seen this before when African Americans came to America. Orientalism refers to the way in which non-western cultures are perceived by the west. There is a trend with immigrants not being accepted in America, when ironically Mexicans and Native Americans were the first settlers in North America.
Native Americans are an important part of the culture of the United States. While their people have inhabited the United States for thousands of years, today their numbers are dwindling. From Columbus's arrival to America up until modern day life, Native American tribes have been oppressed by white settlers. In the late 1800s, they fought a tough battle in pursuit of protecting their land. The Native Americans were pushed onto reservations, and they were forced to make treaties which the U.S. government. Federal government policies like the Homestead
Selena appeared at a time when the Hispanic community desperately needed someone to remind them of their roots. Many Mexican Americans born in the 1900s were not accepted, and were practically invisible to the community. 1990s Chicanos and Latinos in America were facing a lot of legislation across the country that would leave them excluded and often times without any rights. Having someone in the entertainment business for Latin Americans to identify with caused a sense of pride, and a sense of belonging. Other reasons being their lack of cultural knowledge. Many Mexican Americans, including Selena, who were born in Texas did not know nor understand Spanish. Therefore Spanish speaking Mexicans thought Tex-Mex people were impostures. As well
Far from being genetic, being Indigenous is linked to a particular place. As time moves forward, many Indigenous people find themselves separated from the territories traditionally occupied by their ancestors and living in multicultural settings, thus bringing new ingredients to a contemporary Indigenous identity. (Weaver 2014:1)
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.
opinion of many, kept Indians from becoming civilized and part of the American public” (RRACCCTW page
Westward Expansion rundown: The narrative of the United States has dependably been one of westward extension, starting along the East Coast and proceeding with, frequently rapidly, until it came to the Pacific—what Theodore Roosevelt portrayed as "The Colossal Jump Westward." The securing of Hawaii and Alaska, however not typically incorporated into exchanges of Americans growing their country westward, proceeded with the practices set up under the rule of Manifest Destiny. A trip to the west for an average American would cost them about one thousand dollars per family.