Dear Mr. President,
As a Native American of this land I’d like to address some important things that have been overlooked in the past years. The Manifest Destiny which took place in the 19th century, where Americans had the belief that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, had several severe consequences; some of which being about Native Americans. My ancestors wanted to be left alone yet the Indian Removal Act was passed, forcibly removing them from their lands and killing thousands of Native Americans. I’d like to request an apology and reparations for the consequences of the Manifest Destiny.
The Manifest Destiny has killed many of my ancestors as well as other Native Americans and we are all requesting an apology and some sort of reparation for the end result. Our ancestors had been settled in those lands much before the Europeans came over and George Catlin would agree with this. He has said in one of his journal entries, “… that they have been for a very long time located on the soil which they now possess; and…” He has gone to one of the tribes and seen what Native Americans are like and what they do and is reporting back that the Native Americans have been there for much longer. He also says, “… that our government should raise her strong arm to save the remainder of them from the pestilence which is rapidly advancing upon them. We have gotten from them territory enough…” this quote shows that as an American he sees what’s being done and he tries to stop the expansion. He sees that settlers have been pushing the natives around, and he wants to bring an end to it.
In the painting done by John Gast, it shows multiple symbols and they each have their separate meanings. Everyone in the painting is moving westward, as are Native Americans, which shows the obvious expansion. There’s less light in the picture to the left suggesting they are being sent to lands that are unwanted and undesirable. Not only were they moving away,...
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