Using Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Chapter Seven: "As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs", what types of questions can I ask?

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mrkirschner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Chapter seven discusses the relationship between the young American government and the Native American populations.  The chapter discusses the oppression of Native populations by the white government. Questions about this chapter should focus on the paternal relationship between Native and American government.

Here are some examples that should be considered:

  • How is Chapter Seven written from a Marxist bias?  Cite specific language from the chapter to support your answer.
  • With the United States desiring to expand westward, in what ways could this expansion have been done differently with less harm to Native American populations?  Cite specific details from the book and compare how the events unfolded with how you believe they could been different.
  • Compare how Howard Zinn describes westward expansion with how American History textbooks report it.  Describe at least three events and discuss how the mood, motives, and details are different.  
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vnessawong21 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Chapter 7 is an integral part of the book, "As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs." In this chapter several controversial issues are discussed. The main issue which is brought up is Andrew Jackson's Indian policy. Questions regarding this policy and how it affects the interests of the natives vs the interests of the United States are superb questions to ask about this chapter.

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