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This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Richmond Chapter 3: Indian Removal and Christian Missionary Efforts

The start of this chapter gives an interesting overview of Isaac McCoy who had helped with the Miami Indians in Indiana and did the same in Kansas. He wanted the separation of the Indians from white settlers but he did not want to only move the Indians he wanted to improve their lives. His unrealistic goals might go along with the attempts of Christian missionaries to work in the Indian tracks of Kansas. While successful with some educational aspects, the missionaries were never successful in spreading Christianity. The final part of the chapter looks at Indian removal FROM Kansas. With the establishment of Kansas as a territory, more and more settlers headed into the territory. The book does not explain how the Indian removal came about other than to say it was complex but this chapter could be used to debate whether other strategies should have been used to deal with the native Americans in Kansas.

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