I didn't know that when I started to read, "Lies My Teacher Told Me", by James W. Loewen and "A People's History of the United States 1492 – Present", by Howard Zinn that I was going to get so interested in the subject of history. In my high school years, back in the late 1970's – the early 1980's I didn't take to well to learning history. Either it was too slow of a subject for me then, or not an interesting enough teacher to teach the subject, history. Whatever the reason, fast forward twenty-three years and put the book and instructor in front of me and I'll find an interest in the subject being taught. I believe the American Indian Policy was caused by the 1840's Manifest Destiny. The Manifest Destiny has us to believe that the white people are the better race.
It goes to say that God loves the white people and that the white people are his "chosen ones", his Christians. Being Gods people that puts us above every race and better than everyone else. We lived by our own rules and had our own authority.
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This is similar to the American Indian Policy. The Indians had no set of rules, laws, or terms. They were different to us, in color and life style.
That scared the white people. Whenever someone is different from the other, one always wants to bring down the different one to feel superior. So we hated them. The lectures I've sat in on in the past never told me about the unjust way the white people treated the Indians. I've always heard Indians are bad and they are savages, and that the white people are the greatest of race. There is a lot that I haven't learned about the Indians.
Why is that? I'll have to agree with Loewen's theory; it's all a cover up. A scam. History books make people into heroes when they really aren't, and they put heroes on pedestals. Well pedestals break.
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