Relationship Between Europeans And Native Americans

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African and Native Americans have faced numerous hardships in the United States throughout history. The relationship between the African Americans, Native Americans, and people with strong European ancestry, those encompassing White society, developed into one of mass exploitation and assimilation, especially during the 19th century. Having been oppressed, discriminated against, and all-inclusively abused in numerous ways, both Africans and Natives Americans continued to experience the same conditions even after the impactful American Civil War that ended in 1865. African Americans, although they gained greater freedom through the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, continued to experience racial discrimination through segregation and increased violence with white supremacists, such as the Ku Klux Klan, while Native Americans were gradually beginning to lose their own culture through wars, mass assimilation, and extreme culture shock. Together, both groups experienced critical, violent, and detrimental changes in their treatment by White society in the second half of the 19th century, which was greatly influenced by the strong ideology of race and culture. The term ‘race’ was used, and continues to be used today, as a form of justification of superiority. Race, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is a group of people or class unified by shared interests, habits, and or characteristics. In history, the term ‘race’ carries a powerfully negative connotation that is
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