Many Cherokees adopted customs, beliefs and lifestyles of white Americans; they profoundly assimilated White culture because in this way they hoped could survive as a nation in their homeland. However, in 1830, the Indian removal act of 1830 was signed by Andrew Jackson and suddenly everything changed. “The Indian Removal Act in 1830 forced the relocation of more than 60,000 Native Americans to clear
Coates says “One aim of the American policy, historically, has been to insure that the “right people” are rarely black.” He goes on to talk about how the President has said about the Native American culture to tell us Blacks and Native Americans should be more like Jews and Asian Americans that don’t complain as much, but Coates goes to say how could you say such a thing about how those other races can speak on such an issue when they haven’t been persecuted in America like the African American race has endured slavery with countless years and the wrath of white supremacists using fences to keep the community separated. White people created rules for the Cherokee Nation when they invaded their land for them to be acceptable to them and the be apart of their culture they had to abide by their terms. The Cherokee embraced the west culture and even integrated some of the western culture. Moreover as coates says “The wolf has never much cared whether the sheep were cultured or
Unlike Rodriguez, Douglass would have been seen as a danger because educated slaves could bring on a revolution and would be seen as an abolitionist with crazy ideas. However, Rodriguez believed that one should immerse oneself into the American way of life which included giving up one's cultural identity for a new and better one. In contrast Frederick Douglass did not want to give up his rich cultural heritage because he understood that without it people would forget the horrors committed to them in the white man’s world. Frederick was an advocate of his heritage and taught others to read and write so he could inform them. Douglass wanted other African Americans to see the world without the fuzzy restriction of old world ideas.
Adversity breaks one down until they can be broken no more, and although adversity has a negative connotation, overcoming adversity can make one stronger, turning it into a positive. When America was discovered and colonized, the indigenous peoples faced real hardships. Americans disliked anything that wasn’t European culture so they tried to eliminate tribal identities and assimilate the Native Americans into their culture. They outlawed certain Indian rituals such as the Ghost Dance and forced Indian children to speak English instead of their native languages. The constitution did not outline specific details for relations with Natives, so as America grew older, the government was left to deal with the Indians however they pleased.
Pratt proposes the solution of sending Indians to boarding schools, so they can gradually become civilized. Although Pratt's solution seems logical, it lacks morality, because effacing the Indians’ culture will strip them of their identity, family ties, and security.
Manifest Destiny created problems with Native Americans including the Indian Removal Act. In the mid-nineteenth century, Native Americans were in control of most of the land east of the Mississippi River and almost all the West. Americans believe that “ Expansion hinged on a federal policy of Indian removal. The harassment and dispossession of American Indians - depended on manifest destiny’s belief in the divinely ordained process of putting land to its best use” (yawp). American’s desired expansion so much they removed Native Americans from their homes, places they had lived for years because it meant a little more land for them.
Las Casas believed African slaves would be more suitable to do hard labor than the Indians. Africans held no claim to the land, so it wouldn’t be wrong to make them work the land. Las Casas would later come to regret this statement because he believed that all slavery was wrong. Las Casas can also be credited with helpign the direction of how Europeans thought about the concept of all men being treated free and equal. Perhaps if Las Casas could tell us why he fought for the rights of the Indians, he would simply say that he saw Jesus in those people.
The whites believed Native Americans we alien creatures, unfamiliar, and occupied the land that the white settlers wanted. A couple of years earlier the American Republic, such as George Washington believed that the way to solve this “Native American Problem” was to teach the Native American how regular people are. In other words, to civilize the Native Americans. The Civilization Campaign meant to try to encourage Native Americans to change their religion to Christianity, learn and speak the English language, learn how to individualize ownership of property and money. The Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek, and the Cherokee tribes became known as the “Five Civilized Tribes.” The land that they belong at is: Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee is where the whites had came all of the
Martin Luther King Jr. realized this, and preached a change that the African Americans have would force only through nonviolence. Martin Luther King’s philosophy made more sense for America in the 1960s because it pushed America forward, it stopped bloodshed through nonviolence, and it helped make everyone more equal and together by showing them the errors of their ways. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X seemed to have a respect among one another, though their philosophies were quite different from each other. Malcolm X made it clear that he believed that the African Americans and the White people should remain separate but should be considered equal to each other. He told white people “work in conjunction with us-each of us working among our own kind.” Martin Luther King Jr., on the other hand, preached equality and desegregation.
In considering this extract, it is obvious that The Ku Klux Klan firmly believed that autocracy was to be exclusive to their race and that other races were lesser and therefore should revere them. Amidst these perspectives it is a lengthy process in order to gain social change and progress to a more equal environment. Although social change has occurred, there are still a percentage of the American population that partakes in these views. It conceives it increasingly more difficult to accomplish unabridged views within their society on the concern of racial
When Jefferson became the president he tried to make these changes a reality. Jefferson 's expectation was that by assimilating the natives into a market-based, so they would be heavily dependent on trade with white Americans, then they would be more willing to sale their land. Jefferson believed that this strategy would "get rid of this pest, without giving offence or umbrage to the Indians" However, if they were to resisted the assimilation, Jefferson then believed that they should be forcefully removed from their land and sent west. His first promotions of Indian Removal were between 1776 and 1779, when he recommended forcing the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes to be driven out of their ancestral homelands to lands west of the Mississippi River. According to Jefferson, the Indian removal was the only way to ensure the survival of Native American
For example, Henry Knox, Secretary of War in 1789, wrote to President George Washington that, “The Indians being the prior occupants, possess the right of the soil. It cannot be taken from them unless by their free consent, or by the right of conquest in case of a just war” (Document B). Which means that the Native Americans were protected of their rights of staying on American land, since they were the first to be on the land, and they could only be removed if they agreed or lost by war. However, the US government would trick Native American Tribes to agree to unfair treaties and this would be major mistakes that were being made, because it was still unfair to them, but was constitutional since they were willing to agree to these treaties. Soon after Andrew Jackson, achieved his political goals of expanding into the west.
Perhaps the most controversial of Jackson’s actions during his presidency is the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that lead to the Trail of Tears. Soon after becoming president, Jackson passed the former act which called for the relocation of native tribes from their homelands to a designated “Indian territory” in present-day Oklahoma. While Jackson had a clear idea of his plans, he befriended the tribes and promised them prosperity, friendship, and the possibility of becoming civilized children of God. In other words, he, the symbol of reassurance in America, stabbed the backs of all natives. Beyond the question of Jackson 's morality, what was the ultimate reason behind the removal?
The Native tribes in America have interacted with the Americans ever since they first arrived as English colonies and . The English Colonies which are now the United States of America have followed developing policies towards American tribes that depict the gradual but definite ultimate removal of the Indians. The decision to remove Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi in 1830 by the Jackson Administration was a significant change in social and political policy towards the tribes, but a continuation of economic policy. By acknowledging the tribes as subjects of the United States, the Jackson administration changed previous U.S. political policy towards the tribes. In the film “Massacre at Mystic” On May 26, 1637 when the English
This quote was a prediction and antecedent to what would later be known in history as the American Civil War. The people of the North viewed the idea of slavery as morally wrong and stood for the abolition of slavery and the unity of America. They believed that the drafters of the American Constitution wrote the document after carefully considering any topic that could potentially tear