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They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. Christopher Columbus (from his log)
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If you were a colonist, you knew that your technology was superior to the Indians’. You knew that you were civilized, and they were savages… But your superior technology had proved insufficient to extract anything. The Indians, keeping to themselves, laughed at your superior methods and lived from the land more abundantly and with less labor than you did… And when your own people started deserting in order to live with them, that was too much… So you killed the Indians, tortured them, burned their villages, burned their cornfields. It proved your superiority, in spite of your failures. And you gave similar treatment to any of your own people who succumbed to their savage ways of life. But you still did not grow much corn… Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom
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The Philadelphia Convention (1789) Slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person Not permitted to vote Missouri Compromise (1820) Made slavery illegal north of the 36 th parallel Established 12 free and 12 slave states
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Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) •The Supreme Court ruled that the Missouri Compromise violated the
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2011 for the course POLS-Y 100 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '10 term at Indiana.

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