American Ideology

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American Ideology has been shaped by many historical events that have occurred as long as America has been around. Americans are viewed in many different ways. Some of these ideologies of Americans are the sense of being superior, seeing change as good, and being acquisitive.

Americans have the tendency to think that they are better than others. This affects the way they think and their other values. The terrorist attacks on America have also made Americans feel this superiority even more. They see how the U.S. has bounced back and this has brought the country closer together. The attacks have made Americans more nationalistic. With this great sense of nationalism comes the state of mind of being greater. Americans are so proud to be Americans that they look down on other nationalities.

This American value of superiority has been seen throughout the course of American history. The first example of this is when the colonists moved the Native Americans off their own land.

This caused a lot of fighting such as the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, where 3,000 U.S. soldiers fought and beat 2,000 Native Americans. Other Indians were forced to move from their land and live on reservations. Another terrible event with the Native Americans was the Trail of Tears in 1838. About 15,000 Cherokees were forced to leave their possessions and homes in Georgia and go to Oklahoma. About 4,000 of the Indians died on the trail. Another race that was discriminated by Americans were the Africans. Americans thought they were superior and they enslaved the Africans. They thought that Africans were racially inferior. Africans were taken from their homes, crammed on to ships, and then sold as slaves. They were treated bad and did not have rights. Finally after the Civil War, slavery was abolished.