Essay on What Was The Native American?

1518 Words Jun 12th, 2016 7 Pages
What was the native American genocide? The native American genocide occurred in North America, most happened in the United States, but there were still areas in Canada affected by this genocide. This Genocide is sometimes referred to as “The 500-year war”, and is considered to be the biggest and longest lasting genocide in the world. (Native American Genocide 1) The death toll has been recorded from anywhere between 95,000,000 and 114,000,000. Believe it or not, there is still controversy over whether or not this was a genocide, some writers and historians just believe it was a coincidence, but there is more supporting evidence proving this to be in fact, a genocide. To add to the controversy, nobody can exactly pinpoint when the Native American genocide ended, because there are a few separate genocides and events/wars within the whole main one and because the native Americans living in America today are still suppressed.
Overall, we are looking at a horrific case (or, rather, series of cases) of mass human destruction, in which millions of people lost their lives. And the destruction did not stop once most of the people had died or been killed; in the United States, policies of population removal, dispossession of lands, forced assimilation, and confinement to ‘‘reservations’’ meant that, in a vast number of cases, even the survivors were denied the opportunity to retain their identity as distinct peoples. (Bartrop 3)
Even now, Native Americans do not have full freedom,…

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