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Was the American Indian wars considered a genocide?

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95% reduction of the Indian population

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  • Fred
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    6 months ago
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    During the 1800s for many ridding America of the natives was important. People like General Custer were all for killing all the Indians out and freeing the land up for European settlers. Many of those famous American frontiersmen killed their share of Indians, opening up the west by helping get rid on the indians. Even during the 1960s Indians were seen as having been murderous people who killed Europeans just for the hell of it. White Americans wanted to see them as a people who were so murderous they had to be killed out. It wasn't till about the 1980 where they started to be shown as a proud people who were trying to defend their people and hunting grounds from murderous Europeans. Europeans gave them smallpox infected blankets which the Indians received gratefully not realising they were being given blankets that would wipe out most of their tribe so those who gave them the blankets could take their lands.

    I would say the Europeans of the time committed genocide against the native Indians.

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  • blu
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    6 months ago

    "NATIVE AMERICANS SUFFERED A catastrophic demographic decline following sustained contact with Europeans. From a pre-contact population of perhaps 5,000,000 or more, the number of American Indians within the continental United States and its colonial antecedents fell to some 240,000 individuals by 1880–1900. The cataclysm thus ranks among the major long-term population disasters of world history. Some scholars assert that introduced diseases were the primary cause of this catastrophe, while others argue that colonialism, war, and diseases combined to wreak demographic devastation.1

    Academics continue to debate whether or not Native Americans—or any groups of them—suffered genocide during the conquest and colonization of the Americas. It is a question that should matter not just to scholars and Native Americans, but to all U.S. citizens. Although the political and administrative boundaries of the United States have been imposed upon indigenous peoples, they..."

    https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/120/...

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  • 6 months ago

    No the Indians didn't kill enough people to see it as them committing genocide.

    • John P
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      6 months agoReport

      "WERE the wars...genocide?" - grammar. The word "genocide" did not come into existence until after WW2.

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  • 6 months ago

    when Europeans discovered America the native tribes had not yet invented the wheel

    Take that as a lesson on how things might work out for us if there are Aliens in Space.

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  • david
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    6 months ago

    From the view of the Native Americans, yes it was genocide.

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  • 6 months ago

    By some indeed it was. Although there were a lot of genocides throughout history. Massive ones in Asia. But most people are politically informed, not historically informed.

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  • 6 months ago

    The Indians attempted genocide on the Americans.

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  • Mark
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    6 months ago

    In a way, yes. If "immigrants" were on the on the 'up-and-up', they would have CARED, but they didn't and they purposefully gave "Native Americans" smallpox via blankets. If they were nice (which they weren't) they should have said something like "stay away! We are immune to smallpox, but you are not!"

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    • Edwena
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      6 months agoReport

      Using the indian claim theory, all white Americans have a claim of attempted genocide and reparations against the Mongols/Chinese for the plagues that went through Europe.

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  • hamel5
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    6 months ago

    I'm not sure that they had the word at the time. But, it was genocide

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Yup, it certainly was.....

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