From Deep Wood To Civilization by Charles Alexander Eastman

987 Words Jun 19th, 2018 4 Pages
The nineteenth century brands a notable progression in the United States’ history. Not until then would the Republic stretch out to cover most of the North American continent, from the Atlantic ocean in the east to the Pacific in the west. There were several significant milestones that led to the development and expansion of the United States, yet betrayal and slavery were the common factors.
The United States, in the early 1800’s, was located in New England, the northeastern part of the contemporary United States. The Americans, then, sought to spread the American settlers and values throughout the entire continent of North America, starting with the neighboring Indian county. “[They] pretended to buy the land … but never paid the price,”
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All this oppression practiced upon the Indians, the mill girls and the Chinese workers was faced with strikes and protests invoking activism and resistance. The Lowell mill girls, for instance, were treated very poorly. Not only did they receive very low wages, but they also had to pay for housing, which is owned by the same corporation. In other words, since most of their honestly earned money went back to the factories’ owner, the Lowell company had, in fact, paid the workers less than half of the actual wages. However, according to the article, “The Lowell Mill Girls Go on Strike, 1836,” by Harriet Hanson Robinson, the company decided to reduce the wages even more (Robinson par. 2). This was faced with dissatisfaction, which resulted in the 1836 strike. The girls, varying in age, had refused this form of slavery, the exploitation of those in need. They stood up and spoke for themselves for the first time in Lowell, defending their rights and refusing slavery. “This was done. The mills were shut down,” wrote Harriet Robinson regarding the first victory for the mill girls’ resistance (par. 2). Although the mills were shut down, and although the Lowell kept cutting down the wages, the strike died out, and most of the girls returned to their jobs (par. 9).
The mill girls were not the only band that protested against the oppression of the civilized individuals. Indian tribes had also protested, and their voices reached some influential politicians in the U.S. history,
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