If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.
“Native Americans”… what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of them? Some people think of savages who are bent on serving their gods and spirits. Most others think of peaceful people who are welcoming, very spiritual and very traditional. Unfortunately, the Native Americans were treated very poorly when the white man arrived. As time went on it got worse for them. The Westward Movement and the Trail of tears were a horrific time in history for the Native Americans. White Americans were needlessly cruel to the Native Americans during this time period.
The westward railroad greatly improved the economical and financial status of America but in doing this, it also greatly hurt the Native Americans. The railroads also improved travel, and the expansion into the west. When the expansion started, white Americans started running into Native Americans and their territory. The whites saw the natives as a distraction and a problem. The government started ordering the citizens and government officials to start killing all of the buffalo, thinking it would kill the native by taking away their food. Buffalo are Americas native “cattle” which the natives greatly relied on for food and warmth, the natives used the skin of the buffalo as clothe. The railroads were a great deal of help to farmers as well. This was a great help because the railroad allowed them to sell their produce in the city and make more money. Farming was also a great threat to the Native Americans. In order to farm you would need acres and acres of land. The farmers were running out of room so they started forcing the Native Americans out their land. But times were a little tougher for some people.
The Oregon Trail was another option for some people, and ...
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...also tried to convert them to Christian. The officials would also try to breed Native American right out of them, once they thought they were the right age because they didn’t want to have to deal with the natives ever again.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the Native Americans were finally starting to be realized as American citizens. Around this time, they were also being let off of the reservations for the first time in over 120 years, give or take. The government has also given them civil rights, and to this day, they have every right as everyone else and live amongst us. The Native American population is slowly increasing because more and more healthy babies are born every year. Although the Native Americans have had their traditions taken from them, they never forgot them, and they still celebrate them today. The Native Americans now have their freedom.
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