Native American Promises

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In this PBAT essay I am going to prove that the United States government did not make good promises to the Native Americans. They did not stay true to their principle of natural rights which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The declaration of independence states some of these principles which are, “all men are created equal”, “endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. These principles were supposed to be beneficial for the people by the time they are born, and even those who aren’t citizens of the United States which could never be taken away as long as they live. Historically the United States government has not stayed true to their promises…show more content…
The thousands of Indians in a month’s, went to hundreds in a weeks, and too few in a days. The federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. Some of the natives were crying that they had to leave their homeland, that they had many generations and traditions created. They made the journey to Indian territory on foot some, bound in chains and marched double file without any food, supplies or other help from the government. The natives did not have warm clothes to pass true the cold weather but the settlers were well prepared for the snowy mountains. The natives were very cold and they were hungry; thousands of people died along the way. The constitution which was written in 1787, it states in the 5th amendment that is also part of the Bill of Rights, “ nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”. No one can use or take someone 's property without the permission. The United States went against their own rights, they took away property from the natives, because they needed to expand, without even conversing with them. The government of the United States failed the Native American population during the 1800s century. The Native Americans were treated badly. They lived in reservations and small homes. There were a lot of poverty. They had no heat to be warm at winter time, they had cardboard coverings as their homes; the card board houses were not strong enough for the weather they had. The houses had holes and also numerous amounts of people had to stay in one household. A lot of the Natives used alcohol and drugs. They did not have enough money to
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