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Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

Created: 08/22/18

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davinamw

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Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

At the time of the Battle of Little Bighorn, the death of Custer and his men was considered a national tragedy. Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?


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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians?

We do have to go with the assumption that at least some of Ms. Soli’s portrayal of Custer is accurate. I think he’s always been characterized as a hero, someone who stood up to savages and ultimately lost. In this book, Custer is a mix of seeing himself in some ways as a Native himself while systematically killing them off. I think he was conflicted between his loyalty to his command and his feelings about the Native American peoples


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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

Custer was a military man through and through. He did what he was ordered to do. First kill Confederates. Then kill Indians. He didn't question it. He was complicit in that he followed orders no matter what. He might have sympathized with the Indian's plight; he might have questioned his actions' morality, but it didn't matter. He had his orders and that was it.


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peggyt

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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

Custer probably still is a hero to some. He was entirely complicit with the government. In his position he would have to be. He was also completely a product of his times, appearing to believe in the importance of westward expansion even though he wished it did not have to occur according to the story.


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marilynj

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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

I think it is accurate to say that General Custer was indeed conflicted. He did not just follow orders. He was allowed to make some of his own reasonable decisions and judgements. What would have happened if he had disobeyed his orders? He showed compassion at times. I don't think his attitudes were any different than today's attitudes today. Many average Americans are conflicted about what has happened to Native Americans and about today's events. This is a difficult, complex social issue which offers no easy answers. Custer carried out what our government wanted. His position was no different than the position of every person today who serves in the military.


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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

I think it would have been difficult for anybody during that time period not have conflicting viewpoints on the American Indians. On the one hand Custer was viewing the atrocities to the settlers - scalping, women raped and kidnapped, children murdered - while on the other hand the American government was constantly going back on its word. I don't think it was easy to be on one side or the other.


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RE: Compare attitudes about Custer then and today. In what ways do you think Custer was complicit with our government's treatment of American Indians? In what ways was he a product of his time?

Custer was definitely complicit with the government in eradicating Indians or attempting to remove them to government reservations. However, the was a maverick and machinated things so they'd go his own way. He often didn't follow rules and made his own. Towards the end of his life, he felt sympathy for the Indians he was destroying and realized that his own country was not comprised of solely good men. According to Custer, "the world as far as he could see was mainly faithless and unjust."


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