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Discrimination The crossing of the Mississippi was a depressing experience for Indians and Women, the minorities, in the 1800s. The long and harsh journey over scourging desserts, rock-strewn mountains, and icy rivers caused sadness and despair to both groups of people. The first group of people that moved west was forced to leave their homeland, Georgia. These Indians had developed an admirable culture and were civil humans. They adopted the white mans ways by wearing their type of clothing, learning to read and write, and even practicing the white mans religion (295).

Major William M. Davis even said, The Cherokees are a peaceable, harmless, people(298). The man behind all of this turmoil for Indians to move west was President Andrew Jackson. He even said as an election slogan, that if you vote for me, Id make sure all those Indians are removed. Unfortunately he is elected and carries out his promise of the elimination.

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This treaty was known as the Indian Removal Act. By force the Indians were hauled out of their homeland to a foreign land with just the clothes on their back. After many loads of Indians were forcefully removed, the Indians wanted to move on their own peacefully. They started the Trail of Tears. During this long exhausting trip, there was little food and the water was contaminated (299). By the end of this journey over 4,000 lives were over due to the grueling passage to the west (302).

The women back in the 1800s were treated with a little more respect than the Indians, but clearly not equal to the male. After the faith of Manifest Destiny, a belief that Americans have the right to expand and explore across the entire continent, people started to head west. The funny thing about this was, the Americans had just pushed away the Indians, and now their following them out to the west, right after Jackson said they would not be disturbed ever again. What the Americans now were looking for was wealth, due to gold deposits found. Women had the choice of leaving the husbands and saying their not going, which then they lose the family, or they must go on the long trip to the west coast.

Most women went along for the ride, which became a long and bumpy road. For women, the system of sexual spheres represented a decline in social status and isolation from political and economical power (307). This meaning they really had no other choice but to go. The trip was exhausting, grueling, and toilsome to all the family members (306). Womens values were decreased even more. What they were told to do during the journey was to stay out of the way and keep the children safe and of coarse care for the males needs.

They cooked; they cleaned, and had no time for their social life or for themselves (310). It was a tiresome job to the women and it was very unfair. These two groups of people were undoubtedly treated differently than the white male. They were discriminated and never were able to do what they wanted. These treatments were inhumane, especially to the Indians, and unjust to their personal lives. Today there is only a small portion of Indians still living in the eastern part of the US.

Womens rights have gained some steam but there are still some measures that are unfair and should be equal to the male. Bibliography Oates, Stephen B., Potrait of America: Vol 1. 7 ed., 1999. History Essays.


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