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Ap Us History Essay

Thesis Sentence:

The lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century were affected by technological developments and government actions politically, economically, religiously, socially, intellectually, and geographically.

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Background Paragraph – How the Indians were treated before the second half of the 19th Century.

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century politically because:

• They did not have a say in government very much even though they were more “civilized”

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century economically because:

• Transcontinental Railroad – Indians lost their food sources, such as bison, due to the rapid constructions of buildings and technological things that did not let the bison roam free

Lots of bison caused hunting -> they almost went extinct

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century religiously because:

• Indians that changed left their culture and spiritual practices behind

Became Christians – only a few

Were allowed in churches

• Indians that did not changed were being forced to change

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century socially because:

• Indians who changed left their practices and became more “civilized” according to the white Americans

They were more accepted than the non-changed Indians

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century intellectually because:

• Indians who changed got the same education white Americans did

Went to better schools

• Indians who did not change were not as well educated as the other Indians

• All Indians were better equipped when it came to hunting because they had guns instead of bows n’ arrows

Death rate while hunting went down

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The technological developments and government actions affected the Indians in the second half of the 19th Century geographically because:

• Were given crappy land

Were kicked out of them when the Americans found out that there was gold in that area

Homestead Act/ Dawes Act

Conclusion:

During the second half of the 19th Century, the Indians were affected by the technological developments and government actions in many ways more than one. They were still not accepted politically. They lost a lot of economical resources in the process of the technological progression. The Indians were forced to change their religion to Christianity in order to become “civilized” in the eyes of the white Americans. They were socially accepted in some ways by the white Americans if they converted to Christianity.

The Indians became intellectually smarter when they grasped new technological developments like the gun (new for them) so that they could hunt properly. However, they lost a lot of land to the white Americans geographically. The second half of the 19th Century gave the Indians more problems than happiness.


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