Soc 134 03252008

Soc 134 03252008 - The Native American Genocide US pop...

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The Native American Genocide US pop before Europeans was atleast 12 million – and it was reduced by 95%. Disease – both natural and germ warfare Dispossession of land – through treaties and forced relocation Massacres – through planned military actions and civilian raids The near complete eradication of native culture – through removal of children to Indian schools and imposition of European standard of living. Disease Natives were killed off by European diseases like smallpox, cholera, influenza, Plague, whooping cough and scarlet fever – first “accidentally” through mere contact, later purposefully. Native settlements had much lower population densities and were far, far cleaner than major European cities like London. Mortality from disease epidemics was astronomically higher in Europe, but those who survived gained robust immune defenses – ones Native populations had never needed before, and thus never developed. They disposed of sewage by tossing it out the window, or through cesspools – pits located behind houses. Catacombs of Paris – by the 1600s the major Parisian cemeteries became so overcrowded, the ground
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