No, really Bobby, the Indians were mean and savage. Kept attacking us for no reason.
Yeah, where did you ever learn that?
For many years in most schools the history textbooks, after the whole entire first Thanksgiving story turned the Indians into barbaric monsters. Of course there was no mention of what we did to the Native Americans. Come to think of it the history books oddly neglected to mention Nazi Germany or various other things.
Let me see what Rise of The American Nation
by Lewis Paul Todd and Merle Curti (Harcourt Brace and World, Inc, 1961) says...yes it was my history book back in high school...
page 96: "Fearful that colonial farmers would pour over the mountains and destroy their hunting grounds the Indians went on the warpath. The uprising known as Pontiac's Conspiracy started in 1763 under the leadership of Pontiac,chief of the Ottawa Indians and a formidable foe. For nearly a year death and destruction raged along the western frontier. Settlers fled as flames of their burning cabins lighted the forest and war whoops of the Indians rang in their ears." Oh yeah that sounds pleasant.. The use of 'war whoops' is clearly meant to present an image in the mind of the person reading of it of the Indian having a grand old time destroying the homes and land of these sweet settlers. Of course it neglects telling the reader how the sweet settlers, chopped down trees, tore town native dwellings, killed natives on a regular basis, tossed disease laden blankets at the natives, herded them on to desert lands where crops would not stand a chance, poured booze down the surviving natives throats and then made claims that they were sinners and beyond redemption...Read the books Custer Died For Your Sins
and Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
among others for another view on how things were going in those days. The sad fact is history is skewed in its presentation according to who is doing the presenting.
And of course earlier on page 71, the frontiersmen became the first true Americans. Hmm... wonder what happened to all those good folk who were here before them.
It's a rather dismal book as far as what it tells and it tells a rather slanted story, not just when it comes to the Native Americans but to just about all non-Europeans as well. Glad I took it off the shelf it'll be good to read through it again.