The Long Walk Of Tears Essay

1129 Words Oct 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Long walk of tears

The Navajos were moved to Basque Redondo for several reasons, though the precipitating cause came as president Polk, wanted to expand America’s boundaries as a part of the Manifest destiny, an authorization from god to occupy North America, Canada, and South America. The manifest destiny saw the natives as inferior to the Christian beliefs of the settlers. In addition to seeing the natives as inferior, they were also seen as incapable of taking care of the land as they had not developed it which was a part of the manifest destiny to develop the land. The move to Basque Redondo, however, began with General Carleton who “believed a military campaign against the Navajo’s was necessary,” in an attempt to maintain the hegemony of the white settlers. During this time, the indigenous were not seen as citizens of the United States, but rather a threat, as the film, The Long Walk: Tears of the Navajo points out, “General Kearny wrote, "The United States would protect the persons "and property of all quiet and peaceful inhabitants "within its boundaries against their enemies: "the Eutaws, Navajos and others.”

In addition to metanarratives that perpetuated the ideals of the manifest destiny and the Navajo’s being moved to Basque Redondo, it was pointed out in the film, The Long Walk: Tears of the Navajo that, “Another motivation that Carleton had for rounding up the Navajo and moving them was his believe, based on no particular evidence, that Navajo country was…

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