My Fascination With American History Essay

1417 Words Nov 11th, 2015 6 Pages
The Native America Indian Tribe; the Cherokee Nation, is the second largest tribe in the United States of America. In 1985, Wilma Mankiller, a Cherokee woman, was elected as the first female chief to serve the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller was a fierce woman who fought to preserve the Cherokee Nation. She lived during a time of the civil rights movement and struggled to claim equality just as those in the American Deaf community have fought for civil rights. The struggles between the White Americans and Native Americans are fierce, just the same as the comparisons of the hearing world and Deaf world. We have oppressed these two minority groups and forced them to change their lives, normalize them, and live our way of life.
My fascination with American history led me to study of the oppressions of both cultures. I have always wondered about the Native Tribes and the struggles they went through as White Americans pushed to take rightful ownership of this land. In the process, we oppressed the Cherokee Nation. As we continued to build America, we oppressed our own people, our Deaf Americans. Self-identity, education, community, culture, and family life soon began to deteriorate as discrimination, oppression, and the dark ages fell upon both cultures.
In our history, the Dark Ages for the Cherokee Tribe, the “Trail of Tears” and for the Deaf community the “Milan Conference” were dreadful trails against both cultures. For the Cherokee Nation, the Indian removal policy was set forth…

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