During the 19thcentury the United States federal government wanted to expand to the area of the country westward. In order to follow this Manifest Destiny the United States had to take over Native American lands that stood in the way. One of the problems that the government encountered was Sitting Bull and the Lakota Nation. Sitting Bull did everything he could to resist the U.S. from taking over the Indian lands. He used his strong guidance to lead the Lakota’s against the Americans. Gary C. Anderson, the author of Sitting Bull and the paradox of Lakota Nationhood, writes about the leadership and determination Sitting Bull had so that his story may be heard in American history. 1. (a) Did American nationalism have to come at the expense of cultural diversity? (a) According to the author of Sitting Bull, Garry C. Anderson, American nationalism should not have come at the expense of cultural diversity. This novel is about how Sitting Bull led a resistance against the American government who were trying to make the Indians conform into American culture. Sitting Bull was one of the last Indian leaders to resist the U.S. government. He believed that his people did not have to fit into American culture; they had been practicing their culture for hundreds of years. 2. (a) Why does the author consider Sitting Bull to b a seminal figure in American history?(a) Anderson considers Sitting Bull an influential figure in American history because of what he stood for. Sitting Bull resisted the American government because of all the unjust and corrupt things that the government had done to his people. By resisting American culture, Sitting Bull stayed loyal to his morals, religion, and most importantly, his people. Even when other tribes gave in to the American government 1
Sitting Bull resisted and stayed true to his principles. “Sitting Bull was a real man, brave beyond imagination, committed to defending his people and not because he did something to help the nation, but because he set an example for others by standing up for his beliefs and defending his people. 3. (a) What misconceptions about Indians and the West were held by “whites”? (b) What were the political, social, religious, and environmental realities experienced by the Lakota? (c) Why are the perceptions and realities so disparate? (a) The “whites” typically did not understand the Indians way of life so they considered them not caught up with the rest of society. They believed Indians ran wild with no type of government or control. The lifestyle that the Indians lived was considered “barbaric” to Americans. These misconceptions made the “whites” believe that the Indians did not deserve the land that they lived on so they could take it at anytime. The whites believed that they needed to step into Indian life and put in laws and a government in order to control them.
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- Spring '08
- Manifest Destiny, Native Americans in the United States, Lakota people, Sioux, bull, Sitting Bull, Wounded Knee Massacre