October 3, 2013
Colonial Americans: They Came In Like a Wrecking Ball
From the early 1600s and ever since the colonists made their way to what would become the Americas, there was significant pressure put on these people to perform. These men and women were on their way to the new land for a variety of reasons, but many were not of high standing in England and were seeking to reach higher. With so much at stake, the colonists had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. And because the conditions were so unknown and inexplicable, when the pressure was harsh, the colonists used emotion and force to get what they wanted. This raw emotion mobilized violent group action that was used in several different ways during the colonization of America.
One of the first real examples of this hasty violence involved the colonists seizing the lands of the Indians. A large portion of the settlers were eager to gain control of the open country because of their lack of status in England, but this land they believed to be free for the taking was already occupied. With their only opportunity to gain power seemingly slipping from their grip, they anxiously did what they had to do to keep it: violently forced them out. This kind of passionate and desperate nature shows that these people were not afraid of being judged for their actions if it meant that they were moving up in society.
Several years after the first colony was established, the Dutch introduced the first group of African slaves to America. Once they were sold into society, they were treated ruthlessly and controlled for the advancement of families or individuals. Because they were seen as inferior beings or property, the colonists were again not afraid to take advantage of what they had. These captured human beings were obviously not ecstatic about their lives being dictated by foreign people, but with every attempted escape or rebellion, the colonists quickly resorted to vicious measures: immediate death and...
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