Differing Perceptions of Unity and Civility among Native Americans and the Whites

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Differing Perceptions of Unity and Civility For hundreds of years, Native Americans have been persecuted by outsiders who invaded their lives and territories and subsequently robbed them of their lives. Through various readings from Tecumseh, Benjamin Franklin, and Andrew Jackson one can see how perception greatly affects interactions between Native Americans, interactions between whites, and interactions between Native Americans and whites. It is interesting to see how these different writers perceive issues of unity and civility. For Tecumseh, unity means power against their oppressors. Tecumseh notes that little by little Native Americans, as a whole, are stripped of their land, their belongings, and their identity and are made to feel helpless yet, "The way, the only way to stop this evil, is for the red people to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land, as it was at first, and should be now -- for it was never divided, but belongs to all" (Tecumseh 46). Most importantly, Tecumseh contends, "No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers" (46). On the other hand, Andrew Jackson does not appear to comprehend the great damage that Native Americans were subjected to simply because while Tecumseh wishes for unity, Jackson believes that separation between Native Americans and whites is in the nation's best interest. One of the most fallacious arguments Jackson makes is that removing Native American's from their homes and lands,

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