In an article explaining that America’s Normal State is War I posted a link to a historical chart,. I did go into the various wars the United States was involved in, without going into great detail.
I assume that many of you, only aware of the Wars covered in American History; that is the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the war in Korea, Vietnam, and the obliquely mentioned war in Afghanistan, are probably provoked by all those wars which are listed but are not touched by history class.
From the establishment of the United States (even before its establishment, but I only deal with after) there has been virtually constant war with the various Native Americans until 1898.
For a period of over One Hundred Years the United States has fought wars against the Native Americans. This fact is ignored.
I am sure the reality of the American Indian it is less known today than it was in the 1930s to 1960s. At that time there were so many ‘Westerns’ in the movies and on television that one couldn’t not know there was a situation. And those who were interested in that aspect of history would, after the most pedestrian research, appreciate that Native Americans were not an easily defeated enemy.
As American History is written to portray America as a Great Power, and everyone else as the Conquered, it doesn’t match the ‘narrative’ (latest politically correct term) for Americans to realise, how hard and viciously they fought to capture the land that belonged to the Native Americans.
How long and hard the Native Americans fought to maintain their homelands.
Back in the 1930s – 1960s the ‘Cowboys and Indians’ vision was wide spread. This is because a chap in his 40s in 1930 was born when some of the wars against the Indians were going on. His farther would know of the wars. Maybe his uncle fought in the Calvary, maybe he had known people who died in one of the Wars.
It would be impossible to hide the truth from people who were there, who lived it. People whose father or grandfather travelled by Covered Wagon to ‘settle’ the West. A Chap who was forty in 1930 would have been born in 1890, his Dad could have been born in the 1860s, when the wars against the Native Americans was front page. He would have grown up hearing stories from his Dad, who may have been born in the 1830s.
So television was full of a glamourised version of ‘Cowboys and Indians’, because it could not be hidden, only subverted.
By the 1970s, that chap born in 1890 should be dead, so that Westerns slipped off the schedule, and few motion pictures or television programs touched on that era.
Today, most people do not know of this virtually continuous war against the Native Americans for over one hundred years, to capture their land and push them into corners where they can be overwritten by new versions of history.