• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The policies of the Federal Government failed to support the civil rights of Native Americans To what extent do you agree with this view of the period from 1865-1992?

Extracts from this document...


?The policies of the Federal Government failed to support the civil rights of Native Americans? To what extent do you agree with this view of the period from 1865-1992? It is apparent that the policies of Federal Government failed to support the civil rights of Native American?s due to a lack of clarity in their policies about what civil rights for Native Americans should be. There is however a similar discrepancy between Native Americans themselves who were also indecisive about what their civil rights mean to them. This proposes that although the paternalistic views of Federal government hindered and failed to support civil rights of Native Americans the Native Americans also played a part in their own lack of self-determination. The 1903 Lone Wolf v Hitchcock case is an example of Federal Government failing to support Native American rights and also displays the government annulling previous legislation made prior to the turn of the century to help Native Americans become American Citizens. ...read more.


The Dawes Act is however extremely ostensible. The Dawes Act disproves the view by showing Federal Government supporting Native civil rights by being the first major legislation to benefit their role in society. However, ultimately the view is proved correct as the Dawes Act placed many uneducated Natives in debt and many Natives were never fully able to utilize the vote by facing discrimination when attempting to do so. Also seeming to further assimilate Native Americans than support them from gaining civil rights. Ergo, Federal Government did fail to support the civil rights of Native Americans by means of reverting prior legislation to ensure the authority of Federal Government was maintained, hindering Native American liberation. The lack of a united Native force displays that not only the Federal Government failed to support the civil rights for Native Americans, but the Native Americans themselves failed to agree on what civil rights they should pine for as a collective force. ...read more.


An example of this is the passing of the Native American Religious Freedom Act 1978 which gave Native Americans back their tribal way of living. However, Federal Government, despite supporting the Native civil rights struggle in the later part of our period, where essentially fixing the mess they made in failing to support the Native American stuggle for civil rights throughout the majority of our time period. This therefore proves the statement correct by supporting that Federal Government was more of a hindrance than help in ensuring that they power of Federal Government was prioritized over supporting Native civil rights. This selfish attitude proved unsympathetic to Native American?s who also are to blame for hindering their own civil rights. Despite giving greater respect to Native American culture by 1992, Federal Government did still fail to support Native civil rights by hindering them grately throughout the whole time period. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent did the US president hinder rather than help the development of ...

    3 star(s)

    They did nothing to change this and so hindered the development of Civil Rights for African Americans. FDR would have helped but couldn?t because of the good of the whole of America. FDR I believe was an exception in his passivity.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Assess the view that the Supreme Court was the most important branch of federal ...

    4 star(s)

    The Slaughterhouse case clearly indicates the position of the Supreme Court during this part of the period - they were prepared to interpret the law to their own ends, at this point, this involved allowing the southern states to do as they pleased, in order to pacify them following the

  1. Peer reviewed

    To what extent was the 1920s a major turning point in the development of ...

    4 star(s)

    Trade unions saw even less development and a decline in the numbers of new workers joining. In contrast the 1930's was a decade of considerably greater significance.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Were the 1960s and 1970s a turning point for the equality of Native Americans?

    4 star(s)

    for native culture and tradition, 10,000 natives visited in able to get publicity, but it was rejected and managed to achieve little. Despite the size or impact that each movement was bringing, it still showed that more natives were standing up and accepting the new term of Red Power and therefore beginning to gain freedom and rights.

  1. Asses the impact of Westward expansion on Native Americans

    Sometimes this manifested itself horrifically. The Ghost Dance Massacre of 1880, when white settlers emerge from behind tepees and annihilated everything the came across. The onset of industrialisation rendered much of the social culture of the Natives as entirely meaningless too, as much of it was based on economic practice.

  2. To what extent was the separate but equal decision of the Supreme Court the ...

    Another barrier was the use of literacy tests as a means of discrimination, further reducing the number of black people who could vote. Many people argued that the laws meant that Blacks had facilities of a lesser quality than that of Whites and that they ensured that Black men only received the lowest paid jobs.

  1. Assess the view that Booker T. Washington was the most important leader in the ...

    X was still an important leader, as he was easy for the vast majority of impoverished blacks to relate to; whereas Washington alienated most blacks, by having a number of white associates. Malcolm X was not the most important, however, because he was too radical and did not aim for

  2. To What Extent Were The Activities Of the White Racist Groups, the Most Important ...

    Overall, the KKK were successful in spreading a negative stereotype of African Americans and made a significant contribution to the discrimination of African Americans, but their decline in numbers after the 1970s was paralleled with a decline in influence over the American people.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work