http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1X4IglIo_Y The Native Americans
In thepast…. Sometribes… BLACKFOOT CHEYENNE SIOUX NAVAJO APACHE CHEROKEE SEMINOLE
HOUSES….. Each Native American tribe needed a type of housing that would fit their lifestyle and their climate. Tribes that moved from place to place needed houses that were portable or easy to build, while tribes that stayed in one place wanted to build houses that would last a long time. Tepee Wigwam Longhouse Grass house Earthen house pueblos Plankhouse asi Chickee
EUROPEAN COLONIZATION Original Population: 18 million (but somehistorianssay 50 million) From the 16th through the 19th centuries, the population of Native Americans declined in the following ways: - epidemic diseases brought from Europe like: – chicken pox – measles - smallpox
wars between European explorers and colonists, as well as between tribes:
Some important wars:
Seven Years War 1754/1763 between French and British
American Revolutionary War (War of Independence): 1775 – 1783
3 SeminoleWars (1816/18 – 1835/1842 – 1855/58)
Great Sioux War of 1876–77
Battle of Little Bighorn (1876): General George A. Custer and 250 soldiers under his immediate command confronted Sioux warriors on the Little Bighorn River and were wiped out in the fight.
Wounded Knee (1890): Big Foot took command of the final band of fighting Lakota (Sioux). They were trapped at Wounded Knee Creek and destroyed by the U.S. Army.
Last conflicts in 1918
displacement from their lands:
1830 the Indian Removal Act was passed – tribes in the east were forcibly removed to lands west of the Mississippi 1833 On January 12, a law was passed making it unlawful for any Indian to remain within the boundaries of the state of Florida 1834 Indian Intercourse Act - Congress created Indian Territory in the west that included the land area in all of present-day Kansas, most of Oklahoma, and parts of what later became Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. 1838 Trail of TearsPresident Jackson sent federal troops to forcibly remove almost 17,000 Cherokee who had refused to move westward and had remained in Georgia: native americans walked about 1200 miles and 4000 died. - internal warfare - enslavement . Many Native Americans were exported to work in plantations in the Caribbeans
What Native AmericanstaughttheEuropeans: Howtogrowcropslike: corn, squash, beans Howtogrowtomatoesandpotatoes Medicine: medicines that treated some of the oldest known diseases were used and spread by Native Americans; many had important medical uses and are still used today Democracy: Benjamin Franklin was an admirerofIroquoisconfederacy, whichcouldbeconsidered a kindoffederalsystem (theywere 6 tribeswith a representativeeach, electedbythetribe – womencouldvoteas well!)
Native Americans… NOW… Now (2003 Census) thereareabout 2.7 million Native Americans in the United States Manyofthem live in a reservation (thereare 310 reservations in the United States) In 2000, eight of ten Americans with Native American ancestry were of mixed blood There are 562 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States. These tribes possess the right to form their own government, to enforce laws (both civil and criminal), to tax, to establish requirements for membership, to license and regulate activities
The PilgrimFathers… In 1620 one hundred Puritans boarded the ‘Mayflower’ for the New World They landed near Cape Cod in Massachussetts In the autumn of 1621, they produced their first successful harvest and in gratitude, celebrated their first Thanksgiving . Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the United States in 1863
The earlyPioneers… Pioneers were the first people to settle in the frontiers of North America. Although many of the pioneers were farmers, others were doctors, shopkeepers, blacksmiths, missionaries, lawyers, and so on. Many went to Oregon, Texas, and other areas of the frontier for the inexpensive or even possibly free land. This land was available for homesteading. They wanted the rich, fertile land for their crops. Other people went to the frontier in order to prospect for gold, to hunt and trade fur pelts, and for many other reasons. Pioneers on the prairies built houses out of sod if they could not find trees to use for wood.
WhatisHomesteading? In 1862 The Homestead Act was passed. Applicants had freehold title to up to 160 acres (65 hectares) of undeveloped federal land west of the Mississippi River. Homesteading was ended in 1976
African Americans (or Black Americans) The majority of African Americans descend from slaves Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery in 1641 In all, about 10-12 million Africans were transported to the Western coast Slave Market, Public Square, Louisville, Georgia
In 1787 Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance and barred slavery from the large Northwest Territory In 1808 importing slaves into the United States became illegal In 1863, during the American Civil War (1861–1865), President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the southern states at war with the North. The 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1865, outlawed slavery in all the United States. In 1868, the 14th amendment granted full U.S. citizenship to African-Americans. The 15th amendment, ratified in 1870, extended the right to vote to black males.
But discriminationcontinued…..: 1955: Historic bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., marking the emergence of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and the beginning of the end of segregation on buses in Southern cities. This marked the beginning of the Freedom Movement, which continued through the '60s with the Sit-In Movement and Freedom Rides.
Aug. 28, 1963 Some 300,000 people participated in the March on Washington, the largest civil rights demonstration to that date. April 4, 1968 Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., triggered a national crisis with rioting in more than 100 cities.
The Asian Americans 1850s…Many Chinese wererecruitedtoworkforthe Transcontinental railroad 1858 California passes a law to bar entry of Chinese and "Mongolians”. 1859 Chinese excluded from San Francisco public schools 1862 California imposes a "police tax" of $2.50 a month on every Chinese. 1882 Chinese Exclusion Law suspends U.S. immigration of laborers for ten years. (It was renewed in 1892, 1902, 1912) 1924- Immigration Act denies entry to virtually all Asians.