1812 - The American character

This is a classic depiction of the heroic American frontiersman battling the savages of the wilderness, a caricature which more often than not was the antithesis of events of record on the frontier.

       Historian Arrell Gibson has written that "Nineteenth-century Anglo-American society was obsessively ethnocentric.  Americans feared, scorned, and rejected people unlike themselves in culture and physical appearance.   American settlers in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, regarded neighboring Indians as barriers to the consummation of their material goals." 

Homesteading -family

       Two centuries later, many tribal people would argue that there is still very little trust between the Native American and the society built by the European immigrants.








                                                       Homesteaders on the Great Plains