Analysis Of Franklin's View Of The Savages And Native Americans

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It is clear after reading both Franklin’s view of the “savages” and the Native American oratory that Franklin had a great respect for “savages”. Franklin makes it clear that he does not approve of the term “savages” because he views Native American’s as a population of people that just do things differently and have different rules than the British. The way that Franklin describes the Native American people are as people who do not wish to cause conflict, hard workers with each person having their place, and people who have great respect for one another. Franklin describes the many rules of Native American’s used in order to try to avoid conflict such as not making a decision on the same day in order to show the offer has been thoroughly …show more content…
Franklin also talks about how the women put to memory everything and use the information to pass down to other generations as their history. Franklin talks about the priorities of the British versus the Native American’s in which the British value education in a college and the Native American’s value hard manual labor. In Franklin’s description the Native American’s see boys who are sent to school as being almost worthless because they are unable to hunt, build houses, or provide for their family. Being able to understand the values of the two different populations makes it easier to understand why there was so much conflict. The things that each population held dear was completely opposite of the other. Each population trying to impose its views and values on the other, but when that was unsuccessful, then conflict would occur. Franklin’s description of the values of the Native American’s also makes perfect sense as to why there is limited written history by the Native American’s. The Native American’s value was not in learning how to write, but in working the land and holding true to their ways of passing down oral history through …show more content…
He also talks about how immigrants who traveled to American looking for a fresh start could become more successful than in their home lands. These concepts are easy to compare today as the United States is still considered a melting pot. There are still immigrants today who travel to the United States hoping for equality and a better life. The United States is still that combination of immigrants from different countries who all just refer to themselves as American’s. Crevecoeur also addresses the American people’s desire to avoid strong government such as many experienced in their home lands. He described not seeing castles and other forms of government as a positive thing in American. Thomas Jefferson also described not wanting to be ruled by a strong government and freedom. The Declaration of Independence which Jefferson drafted is a wonderful example of the values held by the American people in that day and time, but that still hold true today. The words that stand out to me are created equal, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that Jefferson wrote in that historical document are the exact same words used in American today to define each of our rights. Franklin spoke about many different things when you spoke about the comparison of American’s and Native American’s. One of the key values that is still held today is the

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