I completed all chapter/assignments. I participated in the Collective activity as well as my M3 Written Assignment 1 - Analyzing a Historical Topic. My topic was Racial and Ethnic Tensions. Again I was astounded by what I learned verses what I thought to be true.
I believed that ex-slaves had it the worst of this time. I came to find out that is was generally any minority had it bad. America was struggling over being able to define equality and freedom, to some that meant you were just no longer owned and to others it meant to have all the freedoms and rights of every man. The more I read the more I realized that ex slaves actually had it better than other minorities as they actually had rights to own land, among other rights that were given and taken away and then finally mostly given back by the 15th amendment.
From 1880 – 1914 the United States population would in large migrate to the west. The west was “advertised” to be a place of great lands and many buffalo, however there was no mention that these lands were already inhabited by Native Americans. The current Native Americans that have inhabited the region were forced out by battles or by surrender. As the west became more and more populated the Native American (who at the time were not able to be considered a citizen and had no rights of man or to fair trial) were pushed into Reservations.
Native Americans were eventually given a chance to become U.S. citizens if they would give up their traditions and beliefs and become “Americanized”. The Native American people were not about to give up their traditions and beliefs and thus were seen as a lower class to the point where the U.S. government were taking away Native American children due to “bad influence”. By the 1900’s the Native American’s left were in the mere 250,000’s.
It was at this point that the Gilded Age was upon us. Railroads were stretching to the west and big companies were becoming more and more like slave owners. I learned that even if you were white during the Gilded Age, you were treated as lower class, very similarly to how minorities were treated.
The learning I gained from this module gave me a better understanding of how “all” minorities were treated. In the last module we learned about the Reconstruction...