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Mission Impossible: America at War with Itself in its Indian Policy
Allowing that the American Civil War pitted North against South, it’s fair to characterize America’s un-civil war as that which the “Great Father” in the eastern seat of government waged against Native Americans in every corner of the union, but particularly in the west as it removed/exiled indigenous people consistently in that direction where they could be segregated and destroyed at leisure in the name of Manifest Destiny. Even for well-intentioned Indian agents, superintendents and commissioners, humanity often gave way...
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