Persausive Essay

These examples and many more combined developed into

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to death in their sleep, and when General Cluster killed 103 Cheyenne’s at Washita River. These examples and many more combined developed into the Trail of Dead, which ran for miles long. During these massacres, a few survivors described what they had witnessed. One example was John S. Smith, an Indian agent, who describes women and children being slaughtered indiscriminately with knives; and having their brains scalped and knocked out. He said he saw, “bodies lying, cut in pieces; it was the worse mutilated than he had ever seen before” (Canary Effect). Others witnessed Indians being burned alive at the stake and hunting dogs that were released on those who refused to convert. Not only did the U.S. troops inflict harm on the Native Americans, a Bounty for the Indians was introduced as the new commercial proposal. During the 1850’s, prices were placed on the heads of Indians, and scalping in California took off quickly. The Native American population decreased by almost two thirds and the government reimbursed approximately $924,259 for all the scalp bounties that had occurred. The first half of the article was definitely The second part of Article II, describes genocide as deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculating to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part, imposing measures intended to prevent births, and forcibly transferring children between groups. The Native Americans were deliberately inflicted upon when they were forced to relocate off their land. Andrew Jackson, the new president at the time, created the “removal policy” in 1830, which led to the removal of all Native Americans from their original lands. Thousands of them came from the Southeast Cherokee tribe and were required to move west. Military men forcefully escorted them on their long and difficult march all the way towards Oklahoma. The conditions on their journey were unbearable for most. They Natives walked or rode horses; were given barely enough food to live off of, and had no shelter or medicine. Leading to the death of over 25,000
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Indians. (Cannery Effect) The president saw this as a helpful movement for the Native Americans. Jackson said it allowed the Indians to not have to reside in such close proximities to the whites. Then in the late 1880’s, the Indian Boarding School Experience came into effect.
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  • Spring '08
  • Whitcomb
  • History, Native Americans in the United States

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