Mark Twain Roughing It Summary

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History, memory, and event are words similar in the vernacular. In any evaluation of the past these terms must be separated. Each has a distinct definition in histography. Each contributes to the myths which characterize the values and ideals of a specific population. The historical mythology of the Old West of America, overlapping and conflicting stories render it impossible to write one definitive history of the Old West.
To do so, the author must decide whether is history a set series of events that are recited in order, a set of morality tales reflected by thoughts and feelings of their witnesses who lived the tale on, it the legacy of the event in the act of remembering for the following generations. Is there a predictable a set pattern
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Roughing It by Mark Twain is a perfect first example of the misguided balance between memory and event Mark Twain explains that to escape being drafted into the civil war he went West. He planned to work with his brother. The trip he thought would take him a couple of months turned into years. He wandered the frontier. He worked as a lumberjack, reporter, and miner in the California foothills. Twain saw memory and ideals change throughout his time in the West. When he tells his tale he claims he is telling the audience a story drunk. Nevertheless his life in the West is and was a story and should be treated as such. As Twain travels from Mississippi to the California foothills, we meet people that lived on the frontier, including the Hawaiian and Mexican populations. He also furthered the illusion of the mighty “noble savage” (established by James Phenomena Cooper) the …show more content…
The Native Americans had been honoring one site. The archeological survey proved the location of the event was in another area of Sand Creek. Meanwhile the American Government simply wanted to place the location of the national park on the “right” spot. While the descendants living on the reservations believed the location of honor should be the place the tribes had visited since the massacre. They thought even if the location was not accurate, it had earned ceremonial honor by the Native Tribes as worship. There was also the understanding resentment of the long history of Anglo-Saxons dictating Native American history. Is blamed for the loss of many traditions from tribes. There is merit to this concern. The whites established schools in the eighteen hundreds designed to destroy old beliefs and separate children from families and communities. There remains mistrust of the United States government. For this reason, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was created for the Native Americans to have control of their history. The National Park Service is regarded to be accurate in marking and treatment of the location of the burial sight of those who had died in Sand

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