Tracing the history of U.S. Indian policy from the eighteenth century to the present, this book explores how the Euro-American ethos of Manifest Destiny fueled a devastating campaign of ethnic cleansing against Native Americans. After decimating the Indian population through organized massacres, the U.S. government forcibly removed the survivors from their homelands to live on reservations. Physical gecide gave way to attempts at cultural eradication through policies designed to Christianize and civilize the Indians. These policies included the traumatic separation of children from their families for indoctrination and abuse in remote boarding schools.
Laurence Armand French is a Psychology Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Western New Mexico University. A student of Native American issues for more than thirty years, he is the author of more than 200 scholarly publications, including eleven books.