The Sand Creek and Rosewood Massacres
A comparative analysis of the histories and events of the Sand Creek and Rosewood Massacres.
# 120278 | 1,576 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Jun 08, 2010 in African-American Studies (Racism) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865) , History (U.S. 1900-1930) , Native-American Studies (General)
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This paper examines how the Sand Creek and Rosewood Massacres are two occurrences of the most vicious aspects of evil that were brought about as a result of fear, greed, and most of all, racism. It looks at how the Sand Creek Massacre was a massacre of Indians, whereas the Rosewood Massacre was a massacre of African-Americans and how the Sand Creek Massacre occurred in 1864, while Rosewood occurred in democratic America. The paper also discusses how there are many differences as well as similarities between the two and how, in the past hundred years, researchers have recognized that the relationship between race and violence has often led to virtual genocidal acts against minority groups, examples of which appear within these two massacres.
From the Paper:"On Jan 1, the KKK rallied, preparing for war. The whites burned five houses, a church. It was stated, "everything that looked black was killed". (Morning Tribune, Jan 5-6, 1923) One newspaper reported white authorities as having said that "unless the blacks surrender they will be smoked out". (Evening Independent, Jan 5, 1923) Ted Cole, an ex-soldier from Chicago, had just come to Rosewood. He rallied the blacks to resist the attack. The governor at that time, Cary Hardee, sent a telegram early Friday, Jan 5th, to Sheriff Walker on whether to call the National Guard. The governor did not wait for the feedback from Sheriff Walker; rather he went on an outing to a hunting trip. By the time all was said and done, only twelve houses belonging to blacks were left in Rosewood. Rosewood no longer exists as a community today. After 1923, whites that paid the government taxes on the land took most of the properties belonging to blacks. (Evening Independent Jan 5, 1923)"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Craig, Reginald S, The Fighting Parson. Westernlore Press, Los Angeles, 1959.
- Gainesville Daily Sun, Jan 1-2, 1923.
- McElveen tape, 1923.
- St. Petersburg, Evening Independent, Jan 5, 1923.
- Svaldi, David. "Sand Creek and The Rhetoric of Extermination": A Case Study in Indian-White Relations, University Press of America, New York, New York, 1989: 3.
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