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Cultural assimilation of Native Americans

Forced Indian Removal: An Unnecessary Measure of Violence

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The US had appointed agents (ex Benjamin Hawkins) to live among the Native Americans and teach them how to live like whites. Indian assimilation was supported by whites who called themselves ?friends of the Indians?. These eastern reformers were mostly Protestant Christians who considered assimilation necessary to the Christianizing of Indians. A lot of missionary expeditions in 19th century. Government began to make contracts with missionary societies to operate Indian schools for teaching citizenship, English, and agricultural and mechanical arts (1965)
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