Vanishing Indians In The 19th Century

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Life in the 19th century was hard for the Indians to adjust to. The Westerners decided to claim as much as they could. So how could the Indians adjust to such living conditions that had just been pushed onto their land? In recent years the Americans only remembered the Indians when we celebrate “Thanksgiving” and of course the myths and legends of Pocahontas. Sure that was part of the Indian culture only affecting the influence it had on America. There are many things can contribute to this. Indians didn’t have much respect or say in what they wanted. Many of them tried to fight for their land because to them it was sacred land that their “ancestors” gave to them. The Indian removal act proved to the Indians that no one cared of their land and just wanted to prosper for themselves rather than for history and …show more content…
Whether the Indians vanished it wasn’t a choice to adapt to the modern ways, it was more of a possessive way of pushing them out. Their tribes meant everything to them trying to remain independent they did not feel necessary to get comfortable with the modern ways and to stick by their own beliefs. The “vanishing Indian” was not true due to the fact that we kept pushing them west. There was no way for them to vanish because of our constant desire of land. The source from Touring Indian country 1888 and 1894 talks about the “few indians” that live in such land and the Indians are now indulged into “agricultural and industrial pursuits” this land has a garden which had no real guidance for the Indian culture. The “vanishing Indian” had created much to discuss. Whether the Indian was noble or ignoble proved to the Americans if the Indian could be civilized. The whites reasoning became that inevitable extinction of the Indians. They hinted at the loss of hospitality and courage only regarding the Indians as savages. This ensured the Americans that the Indians were headed towards

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