Analysis Of The Battle Of Wounded Knee
Conflict between the white views of Native American integration was evident as the rift between Christian reformers and humanitarians grew. Many Christian reformers were adamant in forceful Indian assimilation into white culture and society, whereas humanitarians wanted to take a softer approach—treating the Indians nicely and persuading them to join the white ways.
The forceful group overpowered the kind group, and in 1884 the passionate Christians (their goal was to convert the Indians to the Christian religion) joined with military men to persuade the federal outlaw of the sacred Native American Sun Dance. When the "Ghost Dance" cult spread to the Dakota Sioux, a bloody removal was pursued by the army. This 1890 fighting was erroneously named the "Battle of Wounded Knee", when, in actuality, it was a massacre of over two hundred Indians, including Native American men, women, and children (as well as twentynine soldiers). Conflict between the United States Army and the Dakota Sioux was also contributed by the dispute over whether or not the Sioux land would be broken up, as decreed in the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887(an act which broke up …show more content…
"Dry farming" was a technique that developed in the western plains as an attempt to battle the devastating drought of the great west by conserving the little moisture it did receive. This new technique featured shallow cultivation (adapted to fit the arid environment of the west). It would eliminate (or reduce) runoff and evaporation by protecting the surface soil against evaporation. Coincidentally, the "dry farming" technique actually created the fine surface soil that would contribute to the "Dust Bowl" that would follow decades later. Although "dry farming" would become an unsuccessful adaptation to farming in the west, other techniques that would develop would become successful, many regarding the cultivation of the crop