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Originally posted by halfoldman
Why was there this whole misrepresentation?
The only thing you can do it pass laws so that the ignorant don't go so far as to cause actual harm.
There were all kinds of Native Americans, for instance. Simple, peaceful nomads who followed the buffalo and got along perfect well with settlers, as well as bloodthirsty savages who scalped people and burned wagons
In many cases part of the victory was the right to write history in such as way as to make the ruling group seem morally superior.