In 1830, encouraged by President Andrew Jackson, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which gave the federal government the power to relocate any Native Americans in the east to territory that was west of the Mississippi River. Though the Native Americans were to be recompensed, this was not done fairly, and in some cases led to the further destruction of many of the eastern tribes. By early 1800’s, the white Americans established settlements further west for their own benefit, and later discovered gold. Furthermore, Georgia's attempt to regain this land resulted in the Cherokee protesting and taking this case to the United States Supreme Court. Even though the court came to the decision of favoring the Cherokee, Jackson ignored it and with
Tatiana Pawlichka testified to the United States Ukraine Famine Commission remembering when she saw “All the train stations were overflowing with starving, dying people” (document B). She saw people living in toxic conditions. The government indirectly killed people through their intended food shortages. And, the government killed people when the people disobeyed these laws by sneaking food found in the field.. The UN’s definition of genocide states many acts that if committed help classify a tragedy as a genocide.
Also, Jackson wanted to gain more land, and that is why he pushed for the Act. When the Indian Removal Act became a law everything began to change. As a result, Jackson’s goal was accomplished and Indians lives were affected. Before Jackson’s presidency, he was a prosecuting attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and he soon became a Major General due to his success in the War of 1812. In the year of 1814 Jackson served as Major General during a five month battle against the Creek Indians.
We watched the movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee which was released in May of 2007 and was directed by Yves Simoneau and produced by Tom Thayer and Dick Wolf. The setting of the movie is the out west like in South Dakota. The Indians believed that the Black Hills and the Bad Lands were the holy land that was given to them by their great spirit. These Indians who have lived here for many generations are getting kicked out of their land because the U.S. government wants the gold that is in the mines. The U.S. government is trying to get all the Indian leaders to come live on the reservation with the other Indian tribes that have agreed to this arrangement.
The Dawes Act was latter introduced The Dawes Act was passed the 8th of February 1887. It divided up reservation and gave allotted parcels of land to individual in severalty to Indians. The reservation on various granted individuals parcels of land rather than members of tribes. The Civil war brought a great impact to the American people, despite the six hundred thousand lives that was lost. Emancipation Proclamation which granted freedom to the salves, but it was not until a hundred years later that they were actual set free.
As late as the nineteenth century, Native American relations with the Anglo-Americans remained full of unease and hostility. The desire to expand the U.S. coast-to-coast known as Manifest Destiny inspired many to travel west to seek new opportunities and land. However, although the U.S. grew and successfully established a transcontinental railroad, Native Americans regressed under the developing America. As a result, Native Americans attempted to backlash with events like the Battle of Little Bighorn where efforts to preserve Native American culture were short-lasting. From social factors such as the assimilation of natives to economic factors such as taking land forcefully, tensions between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans persisted.
Private James G. Burnett said “I have known as many as twenty-two of them to die in one night of pneumonia due to ill treatment, cold and exposure.” The Americans killed many during the moving of the Indians. They killed at least twenty-two a night out of two months. That is about 154 people in just those two months. According to “10 things you didn’t know about the Mexican American war”, “The Mexican casualties were also high, with most historians estimating as many as 25,000 dead troops and civilians.” The Americans killed thousands of Mexican troops and
This awareness of the potential threat brought with the Okies and other farmers was a large source of the persecution shown to the lower class in 1930’s California. The landowners were rightly afraid of the large sum of starving farmers that had accumulated over the decade. Luckily for them, these Okies were peaceful due to ignorance and American hospitality. The presence of a rallying point such as the communist ideology expressed in The Communist Manifesto would combine the impoverished people into one group, which would be deadly for the landowners and
Children were stripped from their parents and houses were burned in this act of cruelty from the Indians. Throughout Rowlandson’s attack she is experiencing awful sights such as her brother in law was killed and stripped of his clothes. This violence would not stop at the end of the attack however as Rowlandson would be captured by the Indians and made to live with them with one small child who she would take in. Rowlandson describes one night as a “lively resemblance of hell” (Rowlandson 271) as she is witnessing the ruthlessness that is acted by the Indians in their treatment to wasting the bodies of horses, cows and the other animals that were present. Rowlandson’s accounts of violence give us another side to experience as de las Casas’ shows the cruelty of the Christians throughout their travels while Rowlandson experiences violence with the attacking of her town by the
As Europeans began to come to North America, they began to have encounters with native tribes that resided there. When more and more people arrived, clashes between the cultures and territorial disputes were inevitable. Settlements turned to colonies, and eventually the colonies turned into the United States. Throughout this time period, people began the process of westward expansion, causing even more controversy between the cultures, as well as many fights for the land that was being taken. Many treaties tricked tribal leaders into signing away land, though many did not believe land could be owned or sold.