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Assignment 7 In Mark Weiner’s chapter called Americans without Law examines a “developmentalist view of race and law” shaped laws dealing with American Indians. After the Civil War, the president Ulysses S. Grant inaugurated the “assimilationist era” of federal Indian policy. During this time period the “national government sought to force Indians to model their lives on Euro-American standards of behavior, especially by encouraging them to become independent agriculturalists” (pg 23). The American government felt that it would be best to try and make the American Indians assimilate into American culture, and behave in what was deemed normal by the cultural standards in that time. The assimilation era also sought to collect lands from various Indian tribes, “Finally, as an economic matter, the assimilationist era saw the coerced forfeiture of Indian land for government and private purposes” (pg 23). Therefore during this time period, Americans were forcing American Indians out of their lands and homes and forcing them to move elsewhere. Modern economic development, state modernization
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  • Fall '08
  • Holmes,J
  • Native Americans in the United States, President of the United States, Federal government of the United States, Law of the United States

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