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Research Paper (undergraduate) from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1.3, University of Duisburg-Essen, language: English, abstract: Texts written during the time of the settlement in America often include descriptions of Indiantribes and Native Americans. In these descriptions the Indians are often called "Savages"because of their outer appearance and their behaviour. But were those Indians really savages,barbarians or devils? Were they as uncivilized as often described or are those images theresult of misunderstandings? Is it possible that they were more civilized than the White Men?To answer these questions it is necessary to have a closer look on those texts, for example, thetexts of John Smith and Benjamin Franklin who build up different pictures of the NativeAmericans and the White Men. Smith's and Franklin's texts have varying approaches andbackgrounds but both men had close contact to the Indians. Therefore their texts are goodbasics to answer the questions in an objective way because their varying descriptions make itpossible to carefully consider the facts and opinions. Because both texts are subjective it isalso necessary to give some facts about Indian tribes and their ways of life. John Smith's textis about the Powhatan whereas Benjamin Franklin mostly writes about the Iroquois. Thereforeit is obvious to also consider facts about those tribes and not only refer to Smith and Franklin.All these background information will help to clarify who "the real savages" are.
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