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Re: Theos-World Lidofsky: A teacher compares George to Adolf

Mar 05, 2006 05:55 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

krsanna wrote:
Andrew Jackson's presidency and completed much later. I use the 1838 date as an historical marker because some Cherokee factions voluntarily evacuated their homes to trade land in Oklahoma by that date. Other factions opposed the evacuation, and this later group took the brunt of the U.S. Army at their doorsteps.
The observable fact that Indians had no immunity to European childhood diseases was undoubtedly the inspiration for infecting the blankets.
True, but the only case I can find where this actually happened was when the British (not the French) did it during the French and Indian War, and even then it was to a group that was already infected.

It should be noted that the technology in the Americas was such that, within half a century or so, they would have made contact with the Europeans. Having gone through a virtual sterilization chamber 10,000 years earlier, the native Americans had not gone through the many plagues that originated in the Far East and Africa that had ravaged the three continents; once contact was made, there was not much that could be done to stop the deaths of the overwhelming majority of native Americans, even if the Europeans had been completely benign, militarily speaking. By the time the Europeans got to North America, they were dealing with a post-apocalyptic society.


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