17 November 2012

Native American Series

This series draws largely from Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, 1995. This is a gem of a book that provides an insight to a textbook publishing industry that borders propagandistic. 

“Stripped of the rosy filters, U.S. history is no more violent and oppressive than the history of England, Russia, Indonesia, and Burundi, but neither is it exceptionally less violent.”

“Our culture and textbooks still stereotype Native Americans as roaming primitive hunting folk, unfortunate victims of progress. American Indians have been the most lied-about subset of our population.”


Pilgrims and Early Virginians

1838: The Trail of Tears
The Five Civilized Tribes [Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole] were force-marched to Oklahoma from their homelands of Georgia, Carolinas, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. In Choctaw, “Oklahoma” translates “land for red people.”

2nd Infantry Division
Fort Sill, Oklahoma

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