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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Kansas History: Great work!

Kansas History students:
I read through your Native American reports yesterday and you all did a super job! These three-paragraph reports were well-constructed, which is a very important skill. I noticed strong topic sentences, good supporting information, and interersting concluding sentences. I can tell that you planned your reports before writing them. Pre-writing really does pay off!

Native American history before Europeans is indeed spotty. After all, the Indians were not recording their own history, so we must rely on the early accounts of the Spanish, the French, and the Americans who wrote down what they saw.

There is no doubt that the American Indians suffered greatly as a result of white people settling and moving west across the land. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the American government moved the tribes west, giving them designated land.

This happened in Kansas in 1825. The United States government began relocating tribes to the "useless" plains. (I gave you a map of these areas last Tuesday.) This is not just a part of Kansas' history. Many of the states west of the Appalachians were designated for Native Americans for a time until settlers won out and pushed them further west still.

Historical events are complicated and many people try to simplify events to remember them better. Unfortunately, most historical conflicts are not just the good guys against the bad guys. White people were harsh and unfair to Native Americans, but they also suffered greatly from Indian attacks, raids, and wars.

Remember that before you criticize historical people, you must FULLY understand their point-of-view and never forget that their point-of-view was not the same as yours, today, in 2007. Most important, you must remember that all people are sinners, even Christians. When we see the sin of Christian people in history, it saddens us even more than the sin of non-believers, but we can have mercy on them. Sometimes sin is easier to notice one hundred years later! Perhaps those that follow us will see more clearly the sins of our own generation.

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