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American Settler Colonialism: A History by Walter L. Hixson (auth.)

By Walter L. Hixson (auth.)

Over the process 3 centuries, American settlers helped to create the richest, strongest kingdom in human background, at the same time they killed and displaced thousands. This groundbreaking paintings indicates that American background is outlined through settler colonialism, supplying a compelling framework in which to appreciate its upward thrust to worldwide dominance.

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Indians attacked by surprise, carried out excruciating tortures, took scalps and otherwise mutilated the corpses of the dead. Profoundly gendered, Indian violence was a young warrior’s masculine path to glory. Contact with the enemy and taking scalps provided evidence of courage and accomplishment in battle, thereby enhancing the warrior’s status in society. Success on the battlefield was a prerequisite for would-be chieftains. ”8 The killing of some captives and the taking of others characterized the Indian way of war.

Many of the names that 26 AMERICAN SETTLER COLONIALISM Europeans subsequently applied to North American Indian tribes—Creeks, Sioux, and Navaho for example—were also contrived yet they too endure. ” “Indians” have never existed as a single coherent entity rather Europeans invented the homogenizing trope. This invention of “Indians” created the colonial binary of savagery and civilization from the moment of contact. Once the category of “Indians” was created, distinguishing features had to be elaborated.

78 With the beginning of recorded history in the Western world, discourses of genocidal violence took a prominent place, as revealed by Thucydides in his classis account of the Peloponnesian War. Genocidal tendencies are apparent in both Greco-Roman polytheistic and Jewish-Christian monotheistic traditions. Genocidal violence, gloriously justified as retribution, permeates the Pentateuch. Similarly, Virgil’s “Aeneid” (29–19 BCE) forged a Western mythology promoting “honorable justification” for violence against indigenous societies.

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