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ZINN CHAPTER 7: Study Questions
"As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs"
1. What is the major theme (recurring idea) in this chapter.

The major theme in this chapter was about the Native Americans and their survival due to the Americans taking their land, spreading diseases, and raiding their towns.

2. What evidence does Zinn cite to illustrate the overall impact of Indian removal?

The evidence Zinn uses to illustrate the overall impact of the Indian removal by talking about the book Fathers and Children. The author is Michael rogin and in his book he talks about how native Americans were kicked from their land and how their numbers began to dwindle until there were hardly any left.

3. Contrast Thomas Jefferson’s views as Secretary of State concerning Indian policy with those during his presidency. Why did his views change?

Thomas Jefferson’s views changed from when he was Secretary of State and from when he was President. When he was Secretary of State he thought that the Indians should just be left alone, but when he became president he changed and kicked the Indians of their land so the people of America would lean more towards him as a President.

4. Explain Zinn’s use of irony when describing the Battle of Horseshoe Bend?

Zinn’s use of irony when describing the Battle of horseshoe Bend because he talks about a man named Jackson who was called a hero for slaughtering hundreds of Indians. A hero is not usually someone who slaughters hundreds of people, including woman and children.

5. How does Andrew Jackson’s early political/military career foreshadow his     Indian policies as President?

Andrew Jackson’s early political/military career foreshadowed his Indian policies as President because he was not a fan of Indians, so he fully supported the Bill to remove all Indians.

6. How does Zinn’s view of the War of 1812 contrast with traditional histories?

Zinn’s view of the war of 1812 contrasts with that of...
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