Image Of Indians In Aphra Behn's "Widow Ranter," DionysiusLardner Boucicault's "The Octoroon" And Robert Toll's"Social Commentary In Late Nineteenth Century WhiteMinstrelsy"

5 pages in length. In traditional style, Native Americans have always been portrayed as having a war to wage with the white man. The world has come to expect westerns to depict the Indians in no other manner but that of arrow slinging, horse riding, bloodthirsty savages with little other depth to their heritage. One of the primary reasons for this misguided perception came from scathing perceptions in Aphra Behn's "Widow Ranter," Dionysius Lardner Boucicault's "The Octoroon" and the Robert Toll article "Social Commentary in Late Nineteenth Century White Minstrelsy." Instrumental in setting forth an image that would perpetuate through the decades, these authors wrote of experience they have been accused of never having, effectively detrimentally branding the Indians without due cause. Indeed, Native American Indians have long been forced to endure myriad portrayals of their impression upon history's landscape, many of which have been unflattering and downright inaccurate. No additional sources cited.

“Crimes Against Nature” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A 4 page review on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s book “Crimes Against Nature.” Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

Manifest Destiny and Native American Culture

This 7 page paper considers how the paradigm of the manifest destiny influenced the culture and history of the Native American Indians. Aspect such as divine rights and noblesse oblige on the part of the white man are considered. Particular attention is paid to the Cherokees in Georgia and Indian Removal Act of 1830. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

"Frontier Regulars" by Robert M. Utley

A 5 page paper which examines the thesis and main points of Robert M. Utley's book, "Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891." No additional sources cited.

Crimes Against Nature by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A 5 page paper which reviews and analyzes Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s work Crimes Against Nature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

"Thirteen Days" by Robert F. Kennedy

14 pages. This review centers on the Cuban Missile Crisis as told by Robert F. Kennedy in his book "Thirteen Days". A well written and thought out review, this is not simply an overview of the missile crisis but is instead a research paper on the book. When the reader is led behind the closed doors it is to find out that the Cuban Missile Crisis was a matter of ethical and moral principals at work as well. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A History of Racism & Sexism in America

A concise 5 page essay on the historical origin of racism and sexism in the Americas. The writer details how the White Man brutally conquested the Native Indians and continued a reign of racist oppression thereafter. Sociopolitical examples such as The Chinese Exclusion Act, the persecution of Japanese-Americans during World War II, etc; are provided to support points made throughout the essay. No Bibliography.

Tales of Early American History

This 5 page paper compares Jackson's Black Hawk with Demos's The Unredeemed Captive. The way in which Indians lived, fought and assimilated with the culture of the white man is discussed in light of the works. No additional sources cited.

Native Indian Life & Survival During the Early Colonial Era

A 3 page article review in which the writer examines an author's discussion of the White men who first came to America and failed miserably at imitating Native Indian lifestyles and wound up dying from cold winters, malnutrition, etc;-- Simply because they tried to do things their "own way"-- and not follow the example of those who had already lived there successfully for so many centuries. Although the article itself is no longer available, the essay provides excellent analysis and makes for worthwhile reading on the subject. No Bibliography.

Colonial America and the Cherokee

A 5 page discussion of the impacts on Native American culture during the Colonial period. Discusses the differing values of non-Indian and Indian and the cultural transition which many of the tribes made toward taking on European ways. Emphasizes the Cherokee culture and observes that despite their willingness to integrate with the Whites they were still viewed as inferiors and were eventually forced from their homelands both out of greed and out of perceived inferiority. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages / Book Review

5 page review and discussion of the book 'The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages,' by Robert S. Lopez. Book describes changes (mostly economic) during the Middle Ages and surrounding periods in Europe. Excellent for those studying courses relevant to the History of Western Civilization. No additional sources.

Lyndon Johnson

An 8 page paper discussing both the personal and public life of Lyndon Johnson. Johnson was a unique man with many manly qualities, sometimes the worst of those qualities in appearance. He was in some ways truly an opportunist, and in other ways one of the most troubled and kind men the presidency has known. In discussing his life we examine two books detailing parts of his life. One book is titled 'The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years' by Joseph Califano, who worked alongside Johnson and had every opportunity to truly know the man, and the second book is titled “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream” by Doris Goodwin which is a book that details the emotional man looking back at his career as president. Issues discussed include machoism, civil rights, women, and a comparison with president Clinton. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Colonial Cognizance of Native American Distinction

A 4 page overview of the fact that despite the tendency of early historians to skim over details on group distinction among Native Americans, early colonists were very aware of those distinctions. The author reviews Daniel Richter’s “Facing East from Indian Country : A Native History of Early America” and Karen Kupperman’s “Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America” to support this contention. No additional sources are listed.


This 6 page paper gives a detailed review of the book: Parading Through History by Frederick Hoxie. Quotes are cited from the book with a clear thesis and well defined review/report on the book. Meaningful themes are portrayed. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Douglass v. The Confederacy

A 5 page research paper which examines how the antebellum South was viewed through the eyes of white Southerners and then through the eyes of ex-slave Frederick Douglass. Using the work of Drew Faust in his book on the development of Confederate nationalism, the writer shows how white Southerners considered themselves to be deeply religious people. This is contrasted with the spirituality of Douglass and his experiences as a slave.