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Societal Changes: Native American Women, 19th Century

Write a 2-3 page paper analyzing the lives of Native American women in the second half of the nineteenth century. Answer the following questions within the text of your essay:
How did the cultural experiences of Native American women affect the way they viewed the societal changes they were faced with in the late nineteenth century?
In what ways did their values differ from those of white women?
Do you think boarding schools were a positive experience for Native American women?
Why would some women support "Americanization" attempts while others resisted?
Be sure to include specific examples from the course readings to support your points and to cite in the proper APA style.

Textbook: Through Women's Eyes
"An American History" by Ellen Carol Dubois/Lynn Dumenil

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Native American Women

The Native Americans of present-day United States reckon their affinity, ownership, history and memory of the lands we now all call home to the reaches of the earliest reckoning of their tribes/nations. Their mythology is filled with homage to the land granting divinity and power to the earth, water, wind, moon, the forest, the stars and the skies. Dependent on the culture of tribes, most of them were hunters and nomads, travelling over varied terrain within a land they reckon as their vast territories, having never been limited by any other force on earth aside from natural conditions. The arrival of the colonists soon saw them pushing inland and by the time the American Revolution triumphed, the highly volatile relationship with the Native American Indian tribes turned absolutely problematic as the government took necessary steps, including military and force to gain access and control to lands for their natural resources and agricultural potential. Tribes were forced out and while some fought, heavy assimilation and the mightier force of the new American nation soon saw Native Americans segregated and living within the bounds of a reservation.

In the late 19th century, the Great Plains was almost won by the new nation as pioneers through ...

Solution Summary

This essay-solution is in two parts - part 1 discusses the lives of Native American Women under the 'Americanization' and 'assimilation program of the late 19th century. Their introduction to the 'modern' life facilitated via education and religion, the solution narrates the varied processes Native American Women were subjected to and the rationale behind it. Part 2 discusses the societal changes within the Native American society as an effect of these experience. References are provided. Much of the solution is based on the history book 'Through Women's Eyes:An American History' by Ellen Carol Dubois/Lynn Dumenil.