American Savages Essay

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Benjamin Franklin wrote “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” to show that it was not the Native Americans that were “savages”, in fact it was the Americans that acted like savages towards the Native Americans because they were not accustom the their culture. Americans considered Native Americans to be “savages” because they had very different customs and lifestyle. Responsibilities that were considered important to Americans at that time were not important to the Indians. “Our laborious manner of life, compared with theirs, they esteem slavish and base and the learning, on which we value ourselves they regard as frivolous and useless” ( 226). Americans consider things such as graduating high school and college and getting a …show more content…
He said that the Indian youth could attend Williamsburg College. If they could get half a dozen to attend the government would ensure they were taken care of and treated equally. To an American this would be a dream come true to provide this kind of opportunity for his or her child, but the Indians did not see it that way. Never the less, they thanked the commissioner for the offer and kindly declined it. They explained to him that they needed men in their tribes, they understood why this opportunity was offered to them, but they were not interested. Many Americans took the Indians reply to the commissioner as an insult, when in fact it was not at all. The Americans did not understand why they would not take advantage of this opportunity, but the Indians explained that if they did send their youth to college they would not be able to survive in their world when they returned. They would not be good hunters or good warriors, so they would not be able to provide for their families or help protect their homes. They would not be considered men in their society. “But you who are wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things; and you will therefore not take amiss, if our ideas of education happen not to be the same as yours” ( 227). The aspects of life that Americans consider to be important are meaningless in the eyes of the Indians. The

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