Dances with Wolves is a movie that clearly shows the moral and political dilemmas that existed in those times and it also represents that fairly savage policy that the United States had against Indians and those that sided with the same. It also proved that skin color alone is not enough to keep people separated, as proven by Costner's character and the white woman he eventually took as his wife. However, it also became clear to Costner's character that he was in a no-win situation and that he could not stay with the Sioux even though he wanted to and the Sioux felt the same way. While a lot has changed since the days of the Civil War, some things remain stubbornly the same. To be sure, Indians were not saints themselves and sometimes commttied barbaric acts. When looking at the Pawnees and Sioux fighting in Dances with Wolves, it is clear that they even fought each other. Even so, to suggest that the United States did not do some very dastardly things over the course of its existence during that time (and the colonists before that, for that matter) would be unfair and untrue.
Since the settlers from other countries including Britain, France and Spain came to the shores of what is now the United States starting in the late 1400's, there were two common reasons for those people coming over. The first was to colonize and explore the area and the other was to escape oppression. In some cases, the answer was both. However, both of those priorities ran afoul of the fact that Indians were already over here and they did not take kindly to outsiders taking or pillaging from their ...
While much of the imperialism and outmoded ideals are basically dead and gone nowadays (at least in the United States), there are some patterns that have not changed. First, Indians were considered the enemy without exception by the United States military and they severely punished anyone who in the least way sided with them or otherwise did not follow orders or kept their post. Even war heroes, even if such status was purely accidental and a reaction to a unreasonable and unnecessary request (the leg amputation) were not immune from that as Costner befell the fate of a traitor even though he did not really betray the United States in any real or rational way. After all, the "I was just following orders" drivel can only justify so much.
If there is a salient point to take from Dances with Wolves, it would be that the United States government was blind to anything that conflicted with taking the land from the Indians and not working with them in any way, even…
To be sure, Indians were not saints themselves and sometimes commttied barbaric acts. When looking at the Pawnees and Sioux fighting in Dances with Wolves, it is clear that they even fought each other. Even so, to suggest that the United States did not do some very dastardly things over the course of its existence during that time (and the colonists before that, for that matter) would be unfair and untrue.
Removal Act of May 28, 1830 was an act by both Houses of Congress of the U.S., which provided for an exchange of lands with the native Indian tribes residing in any of the states or territories and for their removal west of the Mississippi River, their traditional land, to the prairies. It was signed by then President Andrew Jackson into law. The eviction of these Indian tribes from a
As is often the case, these good times could not last forever. Just like our modern day governmental debt being financed by foreign investment, Andrew Jackson and the nation faced reality when in 1837 foreign investors came to banks to collect. The speculative bubble of 1837 burst in what historians accurately termed the Panic of 1837. English and other European bankers called in the many outstanding loans the states had
Politics makes strange bedfellows, we are told, with the implication that those brought together by the vagaries of politics would be best kept apart. But sometimes this is not true at all. In the case of the Black Seminoles, politics brought slaves and Seminole Indians politics brought together two groups of people who would - had the history of the South been written just a little bit differently - would
People's History of the U.S. By Zinn The responses to the Indian removal campaign were as diverse as the tribes themselves. Some fought, some surrendered, and within some tribes, they did both. For one tribe, the Creek, there were those that chose to fight Andrew Jackson's troops and protect their land. In some cases, this involved aggressive attacks against U.S. encampments. Others within the Creek Nation chose to cooperate with
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It was on May 4, 1730 that Cumming and the seven Cherokee began their trip to England, where they arrived on June 5. They were all headquartered in the house of James Crowe. Cuming's correspondence during this period is quite rich and we will mention some of it further below. The meeting with King George II occurred on July 18, 1730 and it is an excellent and somewhat amusing sample of