RRQ3 - The change in lifestyle imposed on them destroyed...

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Max Haubold RRQ 3 Indian reform in the late 19 th and early 20 th century changed life for the Native Americans in several ways. This includes both beneficial and harmful ways, depending on perception. The Dawes Act of 1887 gave severalty to the Indians, the ability to hold land. This Act was beneficial, if seen in the light that else wise all land would have been eventually lost. With the marching on of American society, it seemed inevitable that settlers would eventually push the Indians Westward until they had no land left. This Act gave them the ability for a permanent home. It could be argued, however, that this was not actually beneficial. The Native Americans hunted buffalo. They did not know how to farm the land they were “graciously given”. It was dry, arid land which even previous settlers had failed to live off of.
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Unformatted text preview: The change in lifestyle imposed on them destroyed the spirit of many Native Americans. “The man was a tragic figure. Frustrated, with his age old occupation suddenly gone, he was left in a daze, unable to overcome the strange and passively powerful inertia that stayed him from doing anything else. And so he sat by the hour, indifferent and inactive, watching…” –Hollitz A similar conundrum was the education system. While it could be argued that the education of people is imperative, the attitude of many Americans showed a different objective- “In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man…”...
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