Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America

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Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America In the “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” Benjamin Franklin writes about the Native American people and their way of life. In Benjamin Franklin’s essay he shows that the Native American people are far from savages. He explains how they are indeed civilized people. He says “perhaps, if we examine the manners of different nations with the impartiality, we should find no people so rude, as not to have some remains of rudeness.” The reason the Native Americans were called “savages” was because their rules of common civility, religion, laws and culture were different from the American culture and being that we were just socializing we did not understand their way of life.…show more content…
You saw that we, who understand and practice those rules, believed all your stories; why do you refuse to believe ours?” Franklin showed us in this essay the hospitality and politeness of the Indians. The word of an Indian, who said “if a man enters one of our cabin we dry him if he is wet, we warm him if he is cold, we allay his hunger and thirst; we demand nothing in return. And if I enter any home in Albany and ask for food or drink, they won’t give me anything without money in return” It just shows how different two cultures work, while existing one near each other and not have the chance to avoid the influence of the other society. By Daniella Torres Citation by: Franklin, Benjamin (1784) “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” The Norton Anthology of American Literature shorter eighth edition New York: W.W. Norton & Company.,INC., www.wwnorton.com
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