The Land Is Your Land By Woody Guthrie Essay

1007 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
“This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island, from the Redwood forests to the Gulfstream waters, this land was made for you and me” (Guthrie). Contrary to the lyrics in “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, this land was apparently not made for “you and me.” America was only made for the “me” aspect of the song, “me” being the Americans. Thousands of years ago, the Americas were undiscovered by the Europeans. Now, this land withholds a great country.
However, as settlers and explorers journeyed upon and throughout this unexplored land, a common hindrance was stumbled upon: Native Americans. The Native Americans’ homeland was invaded and taken, almost right from under them, by adventurous and ambition colonizing nations. As time went on and the United States was formed, Native Americans began to be pushed out of their land and off their native territory more and more. Soon, the natives would become completely dehumanized and the crime of genocide would take place. Not only did dehumanization happen to the Native Americans, but it was permitted and even praised by those who were envious of what the natives had. Settlers dehumanized Native Americans by putting the natives into classifications, associating them with a symbol, and discriminating against them. Indians were classified from the very beginning, with Columbus’ mistaken labeling of them as “Indians”. This indigenous group of people later became known as “savages”…

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