Self-Reflections on the Brink of War
Put yourselves in the place of the Native Americans and, although it’s difficult, the mindset of those who would take their lands. What are the factors at work in the American efforts to remove Native Americans from their homelands? What do you think of the pleas of the Native Americans as they try to find common ground and a basis for reasoning with the American government?
What is your response to Apess’s sermon? Are you shocked? Uncomfortable? In agreement? Are there any threads in his arguments that connect with the arguments found in Abraham Lincoln’s speech? Can you make any connections between the plight of Native Americans and slaves?