rubrod64 said...U.S., American Indians were displaced and their multiple tribes methodically eliminated to the point that their population was significantly reduced in a span of centuries....
I could only read up to where I saw something looking very wrong and then, sorry, but it stops me cold: I can't read anymore.
I recall from many years ago reading a wonderful series of books by past Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin's wherein he describes how incoming European populations utilized Native American populations to condense the new civilization in America for economic purposes, which makes intuitive sense because to build a society you wouldn't want it to spread too thin.
That runs counter your assertion.
Just look at how capitalism has created such greatly populated cities so that the corporations now have such incredible control over lives. Hospitals determining which patients they will accept according to their insurance coverage, banks pissing off an existing customer knowing a new patsy, um, I mean client, is just around the corner, etc.
And so what you wrote, that "multiple tribes methodically eliminated" didn't make any sense to me, being at odds with a Librarian of Congress (one of my favorite institutions) thus preventing me from reading anything else in that post. This being a forum on the internet, I google it just to check myself.
Oh look what I found in 30 seconds....http://hnn.us/articles/7302.html
"The most hideous enemy of native Americans was not the white man and his weaponry, concludes Alfred Crosby,"but the invisible killers which those men brought in their blood and breath." It is thought that between 75 to 90 percent of all Indian deaths resulted from these killers.
So yes, there were war atrocities. But....
"To sum up, European settlers came to the New World for a variety of reasons, but the thought of infecting the Indians with deadly pathogens was not one of them. As for the charge that the U.S. government should itself be held responsible for the demographic disaster that overtook the American-Indian population, it is unsupported by evidence or legitimate argument. The United States did not wage biological warfare against the Indians; neither can the large number of deaths as a result of disease be considered the result of a genocidal design.
Next time, please, google first.