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"The only good Indian is a dead one". To what extent can this statement be seen as an accurate summary of the philosophy of the white American in the second half of the century?

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"The only good Indian is a dead one". To what extent can this statement be seen as an accurate summary of the philosophy of the white American in the second half of the century? This essay will discuss the above statement and look at the views of the white American and whether they agreed with this statement. The background of their relationships with each other will be examined and how the two cultures clashed over time. The views of the government, army and settlers will be discussed in detail. I will look at their relationships with the American Indians, along with the conflicts faced between them and why these conflicts arose. I will define the white societies perception of the word `dead' and whether it meant the death of a culture, or the genocide of a whole nation. I will conclude whether the statement is an accurate summary of the Americans in the second half of the century and were there ant white Americans who had other views. The statement "the only good Indian is a dead one" was uttered by an army officer named general Sheridan in 187?. After the civil war, he played an important role in Indian affairs by placing then in reservations in the later part of the 19^th century. When a Native American chief surrendered to the general, he used the words `good Indian', so the army would know he meant no harm. ...read more.

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This angered the Indians more and soon the army had to take control of the problems occurring. The government did see the native Indians as dead. After years of trying to civilize them, through schools, polices and religion. The government eventually gave up and wanted them out of American culture for good. They did this in many ways. By aggressive polices and by the force of the army. The government saw the Indians as a dead culture and nation and were a nucease to the Americans and not only showed them predigests but also discriminated them for being different and acted in racial ways explaining their reasons every time to ease their conscience. Whatever the government were thinking, the army would act it out. We know this through the sources and accounts. After the civil war many of the army were posted in fort to keep an eye on the west and to protect whites from the Indians. The army playing a huge part in keeping order when the peace policy of putting them on reservations came about as it was there job to make sure they went on this land otherwise their would be trouble. The army were responsible for destroying many tribes way of life and threatening them till they obeyed them. The army during this time saw the Indians in two groups. The Indians in the reservation as good and the Indians not as hostile. ...read more.

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Whether they wanted them sprightly dead or just dead culture. In this essay I have looked at the relationships between the cultures and the white Americans views of the native American. The majority of the Americans in the later part of the century did see the Indian as dead. Although it was more the death of their culture rather then the death of a whole nation . when the Indians refuse the American way of life was the reason of the white Americans hatred for them and it can be seen that they were racist towards the Indians. We seen this through the government and the harshness of some of the polices produced. The American people felt that it was their right to behave lie this mainly because of the American ideology of manifest destiny and the constitution. The army showed great hostility towards the Indian and it can be argued as to way it got worse after the civil war when many army officers did not have much to do so turned their attention to the tribes in the great plains. The reformers did not share this hatred with the army and the people experiencing the hostility in the west and had a different view of the word dead Indian. Although they had good intentions to stop the conflicts they wanted the same thing as with the army and the government the death of the American Indian. So yes this was the view of the white Americans in the later part of the century, and maybe it still is. ...read more.

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