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American Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Frontiers – 9 :The Failure of Discourse

American attitudes toward the Native Americans were complex. Internal conflicts among influential Americans remained and pro-native voices definitely existed throughout this long saga. BUT NATIVE AMERICANS WERE NEVER IN CONTROL OVER THE DISCOURSE CONCERNING THEM, AND BOTH SIDES TO THESE DEBATES WERE WHITES. Whites for one plan would argue against …

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A Purvapaksha of Marx : #DialecticSpiritualism

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada Editorial Note : The book Dialectic Spiritualism presents a purvapaksha of thirty six Western Thinkers in incisive Srila Prabhupada style. A few select ones will be republished as part of the IK Masters Series. From 1973 to 1976 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Svami …

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American Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Frontiers – 8: Phase IV – Academic Research and the Museumizing of Indian Culture

Even as the Native Americans were being killed, relocated, and systematically subjected to conditions of genocide, there was considerable interest in governmental and private circles for documenting and preserving important aspects of the culture in museums and books. This was sometimes fired by the quest for knowledge or reputation via authorship. …

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American Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Frontiers 7: Phase III – Indians as Children “Protected” in Reservations

Once the “merciless savage” had been uprooted to a contained area away from his land, laws and customs, he could then be “managed” and raised as a child. His savage religion could be replaced with superior Christianity. This was the culmination of an Enlightenment idea that saw non-Whites as racial …

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American Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Frontiers – 2: The City upon a Hill

Author: Rajiv Malhotra. Americans not only have a deep and positive sense of history but are particularly invested in their own special place in the world. There is no need for the national myth to be explicitly stated as such and, in fact, leaving it implicit or denying its very …

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