`` Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee `` By Dee Brown Essay

983 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
We all have a legacy, something we wish to leave behind for the next generation to remember us for, whether that’s hard work, kindness or freedom. In the establishment of America, freedom has played a huge part, however, this freedom has a different definition. For a long time, this freedom has been thought to provide equality and rights to all, regardless of race or religion, but, the truth is that in this nation, freedom really stands as a façade. Although America is the land of opportunity, these opportunities are not equally spread among all Americans. From Native Americans being placed on reservations, we witness this freedom take a different approach for certain groups. As if they are free to live, but not free to be equal to whites. Our national legacy is freedom that comes with limits; one that restricts certain groups of people from certain rights to maintain white supremacy by any means necessary.
Dee Brown, an American author and historian who wrote, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, tells us the story of how through Manifest Destiny and the implementation of a so-called freedom, America came to be. Manifest Destiny is the belief that the expansion of America is destined by God, an idea used by the European settlers to justify their actions towards the Native Americans. Brown discusses how this belief played a role in limiting Natives freedom when he writes, “The Europeans and their descendants were ordained by destiny to rule all of America. They were the dominant…

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