The American Indian Wars 1820-1850

Classes or history books covering the Young American Republic hardly go into detail on this subject - the American Indian Wars of 1820-1850. This is why it is so important for all contemporary historians to look into and learn about this subject, because without a great understanding of the political and social issues that evolved from the American Indian wars, it is hard to come to a great understanding of why our social relations with Native tribes is so diminished, or why our history is so tainted in Native blood. 

To understand how a yearning for American exceptionalism and to fulfill our Manifest Destiny in the early years of the American Republic helped to displace and or kill thousands of Natives from the fledgling United States, you need to understand the circumstances surrounding the American Indian Wars.

This exhibit will specifically focus on the Texas indian Wars, the Black Hawk War, the Comanche War and the 2nd Seminole War. However, to be more specific, the different pages will focus on particular events and or figures from those respective events as to highlight how a few subtle places, and a few lone leaders could shape the future for thousands of natives, and for all our upcoming American history. Focused on misconceptions settlers made about the natives, mis-communications the natives had with the whites, false pretenses made under supposedely white flags of truce, and other instances of jsut plain mis-understandings, this exhibit dives into how these wars started, why they continued, and how these misunderstandings led to the deaths of thousands of natives, and the eventual removal of thousands more, when - at many times - peace and assimilation was the origianal foundation of these conficts that ensued.

This is vitally important to the formation of the United States as a whole, because the US forced itself upon many native nations in the early years of our founding, and especially during the Young Republic of 1820-1850. These wars and conflicts shaped the way our country would move forward in the years leading up to the Civil War and helped set the stage for many new conflicts to arise.

With renewed debates about reparations and other incentives to give back to these oppressed peoples of this time period, it is important for all historians and contemporary thinkers to have an understanding of how each war played out, and how each war held certain and detrimental ramifications for the United States and society we live in today.


Adam E. Green, HST 303, Dr. Summerhill