Some say Christopher Columbus was a hero because he was the explorer that discovered America. In reality, Christopher Columbus had an incredibly negative impact on the world because he enslaved the Native Americans, didn’t help the kind Natives when they got infected by diseases that the Spaniards had brought to America, and killed off most of the Native American population. The tactics he chose to use were violent and destructive by the standards back then and now. First, Columbus treated the Native Americans like uncivilized people by enslaving them and forcing them to work for him although they greeted him and his crew peacefully. ”They could make fine servants,”(document 2) he wrote in his journal,”I took them by force.”(document 3)
Andrew Jackson caused agony to the Native American people and forced them out of their own land for his benefit. As president it is expected of him to work with the different branches of the government, but because he did not like the way they were running things he created his own side government called the kitchen cabinet. Andrew Jackson did not promote democracy in today's standards because he ignored the rich, killed thousands of Native Americans by forcing them off their land, and he built his own government to please him. Andrew Jackson was so focused on being the hero for the poor, that he forgot that he is also in charge of the well being of the rich. When Andrew Jackson was campaigning for president, his whole campaign was focused on
The Yamasee were tired of being mistreated by their ally, while the colonist just wanted to make money not friendships, so they mistreated the Yamasee and thought they could get away with it (Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America). That is why Yamasee War was a war not seen coming. Thomas Nairne along with John Wright traveled to the Yamasee town of Pocataligo to find and fix problems in trade, but the Yamasee wanted nothing to do with fixing these problems. On April 15, 1715 Thomas Nairne was heaved to the town square where he saw his last breath. The Yamasee killed him and it was a terrifying death as this example proves “They bound the trader to a post and pierced him with scores of lighted splinters, which slowly burned him to death.” this declaration of war also was praised by abutting tribes (Slavery in Indian Country).
Instead of making peace with the natives of the new world Combus thought differently. “With 50 men we could subject them all and make them do whatever we want…” - Columbus (Document 4). Columbus obviously knew what he was doing was wrong because he states his intentions to make them slaves. Instead of creating a peaceful society with them he created a lifetime of torture for the Taino people. The fact that he jumped straight into slavery, shows that he didn't care for others well being.
Columbus Day is celebrated in recognition of Columbus “discovering” America in 1492. Many consider him a hero for that one reason but don’t acknowledge what he did when he first reached America. I personally believe Columbus is not worthy of being called a hero for various reasons. One of the reasons is that Columbus killed millions of native Americans because of his lust for gold. The native Americans were kind and generous towards Columbus and his men, but he enslaved them and forced them to do his dirty work for him.
The people that were left in the tribe at the time did not sign up to leave their homes, which demonstrates how powerless they were over the invasion. In fact, the leaders of these tribes signed the treaties then ran off and the 17,000 people that were left did not agree with the treaty; however, they were still forced to go to Oklahoma. The humiliation began as soon as the General Scott’s troops arrived in the Cherokee territory. Private John Burnett explained how he saw the Cherokee as they were “dragged from their homes, and driven at the bayonet point into stockades”(Burnett). It was as if the Native Americans were wild animals that were
“Jackson argued that the United States policy of attempting to assimilate the tribes into white society had failed and the Native Americans’ way of life would eventually be destroyed.” (thehermitage.com) Thousands of Native Americans died due to his decisions; he seemed to show his total disregard for their culture and rights. This displays his autocratic tendencies, but his crisis involving South Carolina does as well. When the Tariff of 1832 began to harm South Carolina but aid the North, our state threatened to leave the union in order to protect our economy. However, Jackson was going to use force to make us follow his laws; he wasn 't willing to bend at all. That is when Calhoun, his former vice president at the time, began questioning him but instead of aiding South Carolina, he argued that it was for the good of the union.
Over the years, as relief ships continued to come in, the population would replenish itself and then drastically drop due our colony’s lack of survival skills. The Powhatan were growing tired of our reliance on them and would not meet our demands for food. Our only option was to attack their villages and force them to provide us with food. This only made them more hostile towards us. Chief Powhatan died in 1618 and gave his brother, Opechancanough, control of the Powhatan confederacy .
If it weren't for these prejudice thoughts, many people would be together united as one fighting to better one another. As Brent states in “Black Men and Public Space,” “the hatred he feels for blacks makes itself known to him through a variety of avenues - one being his discomfort with that ‘special brand of paranoid touchiness’ to which he says blacks are prone.” (514). Due to this fear of one another, it has brought much tension among many. This discrimination has been going on for many years and is what makes the United States divided. These many examples provided by Brent proved these exact points and showed the belitting of African Americans within Americas society.
A large one in our society is the racism against Muslims. People assume the worst of them because ‘they cause so many terrorist attacks’, however, that isn’t true. They are blamed for a lot of horrible events because of their race and culture which in turn, really hurts them. Our world shouldn’t be full of racism anymore, but somehow, there still is a bunch of it
As time progressed, most of Columbus’s men were against his ideologies. Numerous unsuspecting people were killed under his watch, yet a holiday is still celebrated in his honor. Christopher Columbus was an exploiter, not an explorer. Columbus Day should not be celebrated as a national holiday as Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, enslaved and manipulated the Natives for his own cause, and
The tragedy at sea that was the USS Indianapolis has greatly changed how the US Navy is seen ever since the exoneration of the ship’s captain, Captain McVay. Most people tend to focus on the case and court martial of Captain McVay instead of the tragedy itself. In recent years the failure of the USS Indianapolis along with the approximate 300 bodies left in the sea with it have been discussed, exponentially so in Left For Dead by Peter Nelson. The information upon the sailors and their deaths can be easily found but yet most do not take the next step to see why these men died the awful, horrendous deaths they did. These men at sea were set up for failure in the boat and in the sea itself after the ship capsized.
Everyone in the newly founded United States wanted life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but it wasn’t what many white people wanted to happen. Many people who sought this freedom were victims of riots and were killed for no other reason than the color of their skin. Even former run away and freed slaves fought side by side white men of the union to free all slaves even though the white men of the union treated them as lesser beings, they still fought for their freedoms. In this point in time everyone wanted one thing to be an American, but people of this period did not want everyone to have this gift, of being an American. Those who were the victims of hate in the riots of New York, many were hanged in the streets just for being of
The influence of the KKK has resulted in the widespread of violence and other organization groups such as the White Brotherhood, Men of Justice, and The Constitutional Union Guards. The reconstruction amendments only applied to the governments, not the action of the individuals. (Schewart 384) The government failed to give the freedman their land and it also disregarded to enable their self -defense. This change reflected the reconstruction of the federal, state government and its individuals significantly. The white southerners resented the black empowerment and them wanting to attain their
Because Jackson wanted to benefit his people who supported him, he caused Native Americans trouble and eventually killed them by moving them forcefully. It is wrong to trouble other ones only because the majority wants to benefit