Policies involving American Indians

This week, you will learn more about the Chinese railroad workers who helped connect the United States from coast to coast. The online exhibit is full of images, first-hand narratives, and other primary source material that document their experiences. Next you will learn more about two influential African Americans who started in the NAACP – W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Both worked toward the same goals for African Americans but came from different backgrounds and had different opinions on how to accomplish those goals. Lastly, you will take a look at how the 14th Amendment protects minorities and other marginalized groups from discrimination. It ties in a lot of what you have learned up to this point in the course, including immigration, the Chinese Exclusionary Act, and the treatment of Native Americans.

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respond to ALL of the following questions in a primary posting of at
least 200 words. Make sure to address every part of the question in
detail. Remember to cite your sources. In addition, please make a
substantive comment to at least one of your classmates.

  • The
    American government came to see the reservation as the solution to
    dealing with the Native Americans in the western territories. What types
    of policies did the government enact to further this agenda?
  • How
    did life on the reservation compare with life on tribal lands? What is
    the legacy of this solution? How do you think this perspective helps you
    to understand Native Americans and the reservation system of today?