History on Race Report

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History on Race Report

1/24/13

ETH/125
Professor Marlys Eggum

Chapter 1

Native Americans: Brief History and Race.

Native Americans are a very well known ethnic group in the United States. People in our society have learned and used different ways of the Native American lifestyle probably without knowledge for many years. I would like to take a deeper look into the history of the Native American people. Were there concerns or issues with the Native Americans within American culture, politics, and society? Were the Native Americans accepted at the time when they were introduced to other ethnic groups? Did they face discrimination? Also, what were the Native American experiences with prejudicial boundaries? There seems to be much to learn about this ethnic group.

It seems that the Native American people have faced a tremendous journey throughout history. When Christopher Columbus first came into contact with the Native Americans, he described them in such a positive manor. Upon meeting the Native Americans (Indians) Christopher Columbus recorded and entry into his log. “They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned... . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.... They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” (Log of Christopher Columbus) Although it seemed that the Native Americans were thought of as hospitable and generous, the Europeans took full advantage and became greedy over many things including land. Settlers brought diseases to the Native Americans and most of the disease...
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