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.
The action of trying to constantly take land from the natives was a factor that led to the hostile relationship between the Americans and Natives. Additionally, another economic factor was the creation of the Homestead Act of 1862 that would continue playing a role of stripping the natives of their home land. The Homestead Act granted 160 acres of land for anyone willing to settle out west and develop the land. Again, the Americans were taking land that wasn’t theirs and giving it away like it was theirs. As a result of having their home land being taken away, this angered the Natives and reinforced the hostility they had against the Americans.
White Americans loathed the Indians because they were “undeserving” of the fertile land they had. White settlers wanted this land so bad they burned down house and towns, stole animals and lived in land that didn’t belong to them. They tormented the native Americans for decades and then the state governments started passing laws to strip the Indians of their rights. In two separate cases, (Cherokee
The demands, limitations, and repercussions for broken rules put on servants were too severe. The liberty the servants received after being freed from their contracts was inadequate. In 1676, war broke out as tensions amongst settlers bubbled over. The ire the commoners had for the elite combined with the hatred and fear of the Indians set the stage for Bacon’s rebellion. “… there was an obvious lesson in the rebellion.
The documentary “Invisible Indians” argues that the Mixtec indigenous people of Oaxaca are both misunderstood and mistreated, when they are fighting to be seen and heard. Throughout the film, examples are given of how the Mixtecs are exploited for cheap labor forces, getting little to no benefits all for the hope of not only achieving a better life for themselves, but also to provided for those who they left behind in Oaxaca, as they travel north. The documentary starts off by describing some of the push factors that have driven the Mixtecs out of Oaxaca, so that the viewer can have a more indebt understanding to why the Mixtecs are here and what they are working towards. As stated in the beginning of the film, the Mixtecs have for years been
By then, Columbus and the crews chopped off their arms and head. Christopher, decided to do this because, he trained his crews to show no mercy or sympathy towards everyone and he thought by doing this, it would make the Indians felt scared to bring the gold, unfortunately, they didn’t. The history of Christopher really caused an animosity that led people to be against him. Yet, Samuel Eliot Morison who is a Harvard historian of Columbus stated that whoever did something that is quite frightening, he is responsible to begin the decrease of depopulation of the Earth n 1492. Besides, Christopher Columbus abused all the Natives Indians, and so he is prove guilty of what he committed to the mass genocide, enslavement, and thievery of gold.
When the Spanish took over the Aztec capital city, Sepúlveda remarks of how the Native Americans were “oppressed and fearful at the beginning.” The Native Americans were seen as weak willed, for they barely resisted the conquest of their homes. If the Native Americans showed no incentive of retaliating and were better at manual work, it seemed natural to the Spanish that they be enslaved. The Native Americans, on the other hand, saw the Spanish in a different light as well as they watched many Spaniards become obsessed with gold. The Spanish were given Gold as gifts and went crazy just holding it and lusting for more, like savage monkeys. The Spanish, by nature, couldn’t help but become greedy monsters for gold, because in Europe riches were equivalent to power.
Andrew Jackson disobeyed a direct order from the Supreme Court, which it means he was above the law. I really wonder how Americans tolerated him, at that time, he was cruel to the Indian common man. Because of him, the Native Americans have the worst end of the Trail of Tears. They are the ones who are forced out of their traditional homes and sent away on a journey of pain and death. Those who had fallen ill, most of the time died, and those who had the will to move on were able to make it to the end and start new lives.
In a description of the Japanese seeing their first firearm, the foreign explorers were shown in a positive light (Doc 3). However, that is a very rare case in comparison to all the horrible events conflicted on the Natives. Forcefully converting to a religion, murder, trickery, slavery, and poor conditions are extremely disheartening ways the European explorers mistreated the Natives living in the New World. Because of this, the negative effects of exploration are much greater than the
However, Columbus and the Europeans committed a lot of genocide when conquering the Native American land. Throughout this chapter, Zinn uses historical causation as he argues about the fact that Columbus mistreated the Indians. Additionally, Zinn discusses the effects of this mistreatment, which was the suffering of Indians and the success of Columbus in the short term; in the long term, it was the extinction of the Indian tribes. Chapter Two- Drawing the Color Line Zinn provides the reader with evidence on how racism prevailed during the revolution and proves that racism was the result of many historical events which had caused brutal slavery. Zinn proved this by declaring that “some historians think those first
The word “immoral” is defined by The Cambridge Dictionary as, “Outside [of] society’s standard of acceptable, honest, and moral behavior.” Universal examples of immoral behavior include killing, stealing, lying, cheating, and many more. During the darkest, bloodiest war in the 20th century- World War II, countless soldiers, prisoners, and common people; fathers, mothers, and children, violated many of these ethics of society. They abandoned and betrayed their family and they stole from stores in times of disaster. These people are not justified in their actions because immorality dehumanizes people and it contributes to the problem. Immoral behavior and actions deprive people of favorable characteristics, such as being sane, selfless, friendly, and dedicated.
Native Americans were seen as warlike savages that often fought with their European counterparts; however, the reality of Native Americans was that they lived a simplistic life and had a scare population within their tribes. Native Americans were viewed as warlike savages—namely, they invaded Europeans settlements in which were built on Native Americans land—however this is a stereotypical view and not the actual truth. Manifest Destiny led to these beliefs because of the Americans concept of expanding westward. According to a source, there was a plague that had killed 90% of Native Americans before Christopher Columbus arrived to North America. Native Americans populations already faced a drastic decline, with the Europeans diseases and expansion
This Nomadic lifestyle was very important to the sustainability of nature around them and the grounds they were on. Nature suffered immensely after European extortion simply because they didn’t take care of it like the natives did. Entire ecosystems and species of plants as well as some animals vanished because of how Europeans treated the land. The ravaging of the land would continue for several years after the Europeans would arrive and all in the name of progress. A classic example of this would be the industrial revolution, settling Europeans (the British) would now be called Americans after participating in a revolution.