Yet his crypto-racial identity stamped by the death of the unknown father makes him the most menacing figure to the Southern white population preoccupied with the “purity” of white blood. The word, “bastard,” not only refers to one’s fatherlessness but also betrays white population’s dread of blood corruption. A set-up in which “a drop of black blood” transforms an individual into a “nigger” demands an intense supervision over family lines and sexual affairs. The problem is the growing number of “bastards” who can pass as white. As a man who was helping Bobbie’s escape says, “…these country bastards are liable to be anything” (219).
Following a series of battle between his tribe and the United States Military, On October 4th, 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe gave a speech of surrender to an aid of General Oliver Howard. Chief Joseph's “I Will Fight No More Forever” describes the effects that U.S. Westward Expansion had Native American tribes. The literary movement associated with Chief Joseph's speech is Realism. Realism is a realistic approach that focused on common people and depicts life at it is and it treats the material truthful. A quote that is an example of this literary movement from the Chief Joseph's speech when he states “Our chiefs are killed”(Pg 622).
This week we discussed ‘“The Tempest” in the Wilderness: A Tale of Two Frontiers’ by Ronald Takaki. In this article, the author discusses the differences between savagery and civilization. The main argument in this argument is shown in the form of examples of how the Indians and Irish were simply harmless at first when discovering the New World, but quickly made into monsters by the English men. I’m sure we’ve all learned in history of John Smith’s description of how the Powhatans cared for the sick and dying English men. In my eyes however, I feel the English men simply took advantage of the Indians and eventually destroyed them because they were jealous and wanted what the Indians had.
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
An evil spirit “who whispers to people and to whom they listen because you do not know me well.” Psychologically, Pontiac’s power was put on display as he can reach followers through religious ceremonies, in which Pontiac reintroduced ceremonies to the fading culture. Leadership, he stabilizes control over the people and inspire the Indians to protect their land. Pontiac also reminds them of hunting animals and making clothes of their skin to survive. Not to mention, their fighting skills to combat
He immediately begins to suspect Désirée, as his unwavering certainty in his heritage boosts the white pride and privilege cradled within his soul. Armand becomes enraged at the sight of his mixed child, and begins to relinquish this rage upon his slaves, with Chopin writing that the “very spirit of Satan” overtook him in how he dealt with them. Désirée, directly in Armand’s crosshairs on behalf of her obscure origins and his white pride, will soon shiver in his coldness and be kept powerless by his
Hence, the English settlers generated violence that lead to massacres. They wanted to have control over the Maoris people themselves. Likewise, the white settlers thought the Native Americans were less intelligent because they couldn’t build proper houses, and so treated them as the inferior group in the society. Not only that, but both groups were taken advantage of in terms of land and trading. For instance, the Maoris’ officials would let the settlers have a piece of their land, in exchange for goods.
One being forced out of the only home they ever knew, only for the gain of their oppressors is extremely harsh. In 1830, president Andrew Jackson formulated a cruel plan to do this, announcing his goals to the nation. He believed that all natives were savages, and worth less than white men. Jackson’s speech on American Indian removal possesses several flaws, as he neglects the fact that the Indians were there first, fails to empathize with the native population as he plans to forcibly remove them, and is morally incorrect in his judgement of the Native Americans. Essentially, it is important to note that all white “civilized” people were immigrants into America, and the people who were truly here first were the American Indians.
In “The Loons” by Margaret Laurence, the loons symbolize the utter genocide of the Native culture caused by the white man. Native people are faced with an identity crisis, as they can no longer belong to the remnants of the Native community or to the white community that they have never been compatible with. Like the loons, they long for a place of belonging. Ever since European explorers first reached North America, they have treated the land, like the people, as an expendable resource. Their idealism of take what you want clashes with that of Natives which has, and will, continue to lead to a path of devastation.
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?
In a matter of fact, as Red Cloud signed the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868, his authority diminished. The Sioux from the Cheyenne and Arapaho were captivated by Sitting Bull’s aversion towards reservation life and treaties. Sitting Bull was indeed a contribution within the Native Americans. Without him, George A. Custer wouldn’t have conquered, and the tribes would most likely be adrift with all of the occurring conflicts. He was dauntless to endure the United States government policies, and to participate in the tribal wars.