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Bartolome De Las Casas Summary

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Devastation and destruction, the final woes of the Indians in their own lands, and the killers of Spain as well as America who carried the iron death, and death of pen with them. This is a simplified explanation of what happened to the people of Indian decent in during the period that the Spaniards overtook the Southern Americas, and the Americans who stole the land from the natives in the idea of Manifest Destiny. Each generation had their own ideas on how the Indians should be treated, but as history shows each generation chose poorly. The three authors all chose different routes to acknowledge the treatment of the Indians and all three gave compelling evidence towards their arguments whether they are right or wrong. Bartolome de Las Casas,…show more content…
H. Jackson, who wants to find a common ground, and a peace with the Indians. In his claims, similar to that of de Las Casas, Jackson seems to believe that the Indians are misguided almost and misunderstood as they are people of the land proud and strong. He believes that the United States owes the Indians for the cruelty placed upon them and that they were so unjustly treated in a manner that their basic life was impeded, their own life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is true if one knows of the damage we placed upon the proud people. He speaks of how the government should atone for its sins against the Indian people and try to make amends with them. H.H. Jackson (1881) says, “Cheating, robbing, breaking promises--these three are clearly things which must cease to be done. One more thing, also, and that is the refusal of the protection of the law to the Indian's rights of property, "of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.". He writes this at the bottom of the excerpt and uses religion to finish it off driving home his point, and to pull at the heartstrings of the many religious, Christian, people of the period. H. H. Jackson (1881) then claims, “Till these four things have ceased to be done, statesmanship and philanthropy alike must work in vain, and even Christianity can reap but small harvest.". This conclusion to the excerpt is powerful in a way that it hits every person in some way or another and is a plead that we are humans must fix our…show more content…
H. H. Jackson and de Las Casas both agree that the damages placed upon the Indian people are far too horrendous to be hidden away under cloak by the governments and that the people deserve to know the truth behind it. Where de Las Casas doesn’t seek a retribution for the atrocities, Jackson pleads for them. Jackson believes that the government needs to fix the problems it put forth against the Indian people. In complete contrast, Andrew Jackson tells of how the white man and the Indian are not to different and in the eyes of many this is true. Both white people and Indians were relocated to new lands, taken from the homes of their fathers, and forced to rebuild, this is true, but where we as Americans all fought for our freedom and won, the Indians were sorely out manned and out gunned. The views and ideas were all based upon the views of the world during each respective time. All of whom gave evidence that during their era, they needed to do what was right in the eyes of whomever they believed to be the true deity. In fact, religion has taken such a large portion of all these heinous crimes against humanities by the horns, it could be argued that it was because of religious intent and that perhaps without the idea of Christianity, this may never have
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