Territorial Expansion and Racial Hierarchy
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The paper first discusses the collection of the railroads and how they opened the doors for Chinese immigrants to both immigrate, work and live in western areas and how they also allowed Native Americans and Spanish from the far western territories to be forcibly removed or denigrated socially to fulfill manifest destiny. The paper then focuses on the inherently racist nature of manifest destiny, as it emanated from the belief that white people were meant to conquer and colonize the continent. The paper addresses the notion of slavery and how it gave rise to a disrespect for all other races and discusses the discrimination against Native Americans, the Spanish and Chinese. The paper concludes by pointing out that racial hierarchies are retained in economically dictated forms into this day and age.
From the Paper:"Territorial expansion had a diverse and variegated effect on the American racial hierarchy, depending on geographical location, the point in history and the ethnic group in question. What is clear from an assortment of historical examples is that all manner of racial hierarchy is traditionally always based on repressive or discriminatory elements in society that were outgrowths of the means by which specific cultures relegated to a status below whites, such as the slavery notion and trade of Africans and their conflicting territorial claims of the Mexicans and Indians, all non-white ethnicities who were viewed with differing degrees of inferiority as distinct underclasses."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The American West 1865-1900. 2007: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/riseind/west/west.html
- Gordon, Linda. The Great Arizona Orphan AbductionHarvard University Press 2001
- Lecture 8: "Ethnicity and Nationality: Manifest Destiny and the Fate of the Native Americans." http://members.cox.net/km23/57754.doc
- Reimers, David. Other Immigrants: The Global Origins of the American People 2005 New York University Press.
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