The American Frontier
History 204: American History
Prof: Gwendollyn Noble-Wold
November 17, 2014
The American Frontier
The idea of the West still lingers on throughout the world as a time filled with tough people who win over misfortune to overpower a harsh land; this period of time is very well-known in American history. In movies, novels, television stories of the west are still being repeated, rebuilt, and reiterated to lessen the events; “Native American myths and stereotypes are undergoing revision”(Saltta,R.W., 2010). The interesting thing about the Indians and the American frontier is the fact that history and myths go hand in hand with one another; while telling the story of the west. Myth often succeed over history due to the fact, that the illusion of myth is sometimes more attractive than the actual truth. Some people cannot handle the blunt truth of the manner. When it comes to the movies, novels, television and other things; they sometimes do not have the accurate truth of fact. There may be some facts that are true; but at the overall theory of the story may not have any truth in it. It might be based on off history but has nothing to actually do with it.
One of the main challenges that were heavy towards the Indians wa; the Manifest Destiny “This was the belief in the inalienable right of the United States to expand its western frontier from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, "from sea to shining sea,"”(Bowles,2010). This was a problem because the Indian’s already owned their land, and in order for the Manifest Destiny to work the American’s had to remove the Indian’s from that land by any means necessary. Despite all the advisory the Indian’s did gain something; the exhibition on Indian Ledger Drawings, makes fact that during the summer of 1878, the “St. Augustine Indians at Hampton, were carrying spade and hoe, awl and hammer”(N.M.A.H,n.d) which means that even though they were...
References: Bowles, M. (2011). A history of the United States since 1865. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
National Museum of American History.(n.d.). Keeping history: Plains Indian ledger drawings[Virtual galley] Retrieved from http://americanhistory.si.edu/documentsgalley/exhibitions/ledger-drawings.1.html.
Slatta, R.W. (2010). Making and unmaking myths of the American frontier. European Journal of American Culture. July2010;29(2):81-92, Available from: Acudemic Search Premier, lpswich, MA
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