The Mass Killing Of The Native Americans Essay examples

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The Endless War
When people of modern times think of genocide their minds often wander to Hitler’s merciless execution of non-Aryan people, or perhaps the more recent Rwandan genocide between Tutsis and Hutus. What about the genocide on American soil that nearly resulted in the extinction of an entire people? Arguably the largest mass killing of a specific race and lasting over five hundred years it is still up to debate as to whether the killing of the Native Americans was a genocide or not. ”Genocide” as describe by Webster Dictionary is “The deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum considers genocide to be “[A]ny of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: 1. Killing members of the group; 2.Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; 3.Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; 4.Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; 5.Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” It is clear to see that the Native Americans most definitely faced genocide through the racism, exile, and deliberate murder of their people.
In the beginning the Americas were a land inhabited by a simple people who stayed with their traditions even as the world around them developed. These people…

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