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Daniel Sarkis Race and Ethnicity Prof: Dr . Lowy TA: Jake Section: 27 (TR 10:10-11:00) Topic #8 Immigration Page 1
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Westward expansion started with Manifest Destiny as European explorers felt that it was their mission sent by God to expand over all of North America . With the motive to follow God's will, colonists set forth on a remarkable journey, ultimately waging war and exterminating or enslaving Native people . Those who were conquered like the Mexicans were given citizenship but were socially restricted and labeled . By the 1840's, the northwest territory of Texas, Oregon and Mexico were claimed by this new America . Indians were forced to surrender due to insufficient military and economic powers to impede the threats of White Americans . One newspaper editor in 1845 stated that "The American claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent ..... for full expansion of its principle and destiny of growth" (Spickard 131) . The ultimate goal of Manifest Destiny was to build an empire; an empire where old nations were taught a new civilization . The Europeans believed that this predestination would expel tyranny and exalt charity in addition to ridding the curse that burdens human life . This concept contradicts itself because an empire cannot be built without domination . In order to follow this destiny, Whites are impelled to conquer and dehumanize anyone in their path to fulfill this mission . Many lives would end or be ruined but it is a risk to take because Manifest Destiny will "shed blessings around the world" (Spickard 132) . Throughout history, races who migrated or conquered faced racial oppression because they did not fit the standard of being Anglo-American and instead of accepting it, many forcefully assimilated to White lifestyle in America . Page 2
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The first race to be colonized was the Native Americans . Many were killed or forced out of their land without regard . One major law that was passed that greatly affected the Indian people was the Indian Removal Act . This allowed all White communities to take over surrounding Indian land but with promises for territory on the other side of the Mississippi River . This opened great opportunity for Whites colonists to force these native people out of their homes . Only for the government policy to change from removal to genocide of the Indian people . Many were overrun by whites polluting rivers and seeking to increase land use for farms . Almost 6 million Natives were exterminated over a hundred years and the rest were restricted to living on tiny reservations . This inequality allowed Americans to instill White superiority in their minds, destroying a human race by assimilating them to White ideology . In addition to colonizing over Indian territory, White colonists felt it necessary to
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ETST 001 taught by Professor Lowy during the Spring '08 term at UC Riverside.

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