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of reading on “Mary Jamison”
Thereare many ways in which the American Revolution failed to honor theefforts and position of the native Indians and women in the fight forindependence. Reading through the memory of Mary Jamison gives aninsight of their position and view of the experiences they wentthrough because of the revolutionary war. The memory of Mary Jamisonillustrates that Indians were living in peace up to the time that therevolution started. The story of Mary Jamison presents the deepfeelings of the native Indians about the experiences during theAmerican Revolution. She explains how the native Indians were alarmedof fear and suffered fear as their previous peace was destroyed(Hurtado& Iverson, 2000, p167).
Readingthe memory of Mary Jamison gives the impact of the AmericanRevolution from the honest perspective of native Indians,particularly native Indian women. The conflict in the revolution sawthe death of the close relatives of Mary Jamison’s family, leavingher at the mercy of the Seneca guardians (Hurtado& Iverson, 2000, p168).This shows the impact of the revolution on the general social peaceand the setup of the native Indians. The story and memory of MaryJamison about the revolution experiences of the native Indiansindicates the impact of the American Revolution on them. The fear anddisregard show how the American Revolutionists failed to uphold thehumanity of the native Indian communities.
Reflectionon the reading and the course
Thedisregard of the Native Americans in the period during the revolutionproves that the American Revolution was more of a transfer of powerfrom power to power. The transfer of power from the colonialists tothe successful revolutionist’s did not change things to a number ofgroups of people in America. The speech by the congress to Speech toIroquois showed that the revolution was anticipated to providefreedom for all as brothers (Speech to Iroquois 1776, p164). However,most of the expected changes that were being fought by the revolutiondid not materialize on the side of the affected groups. It istherefore rational to reflect on the groups that did not experienceany change after the revolution that is hailed to give birth to ademocratic country.
Oneof these groups as represented in the story of Mary Jamison is thenative Indians who had a complex experience of the AmericanRevolution. The native Indian Americans were actually requested bythe congress for assistance and cooperation, as brothers in therevolution (Speech to Iroquois 1776, p164). The speech recognizedthem as brothers in the struggle against the British dominance(Speech to Iroquois 1776, p164). However, their position was notlater honored. According to Jamison, the French revolutionist forcesrobbed them the peace that they had enjoyed for a long time, up tothe time of the revolution (Hurtado& Iverson, 2000, p167).Mary Jamison also remembers that they were routed out of Little BeardTown and were deprived of their housing and comfort of home. At thesame time, the results of the revolution war did not give them theexpected change.
Anothergroup is the American women who did not find any change in therevolution and the results of the struggle. The story of Mary Jamisonappropriately illustrates the impact of the American Revolution onwomen, especially the native Indian women. According to Pearsall(2013p57),the Indian women fared even worse than the way the Indians faired asdiscussed above. Indian women were not even considered to have anyrole in the American Revolution, and were treated as the low levelgroup that had no contribution (pearsall, 2013, p58).
Theirexperiences during the revolution indicate the problems that they hadto go through as a result of a cause that was supposed to honor them. This shows that the role of women in the American Revolution was notparticularly appreciated by both the historians and therevolutionists. In general, women were not highly regarded assignificant in the revolutionary war. Jane Mecom is also anothervictim of the negative treatment by the revolutionists and historyfor no recognition of the role she played. She was never educated andrepresented the way women were neglected despite having a genuinesearch for prosperity and escape from poverty as she struggled withpoverty and ignorance (Lapore, 2011, p1). The story of Jane Mecomalso presents the same disregard of women, even American women whocontributed in the revolution.
TheAmerican Revolution did not have any change in the native Indianwomen, despite the role they played in the revolution period.According to Pearsall (2013,p58)some Indian women played the role of mediators, captives andlaborers, mostly for the revolutionists. According to the memory ofMary Jamison, such women were not serving in these roles voluntarily.Instead, they were forced to do what they did, such as in her case,where her family was killed. Despite the brutal methods of theirengagement to the revolution, the role is never appreciated and showsno change in the way they were recognized.
Thethird group that did not experience any change in the revolution andafter the revolution in America was the African Americans. AfricanAmericans were treated as inferior and characteristically called theNegroes, which did not change with the success of the revolution.According to Hurtadoand Iverson (2000, p172),Mary Jamison describes her experience with the Negroes and sharingthe residential homes. She explains that the Negroes were kind andfriendly, as they were equally treated badly with the native Indians(Hurtado& Iverson, 2000, p172).
Thereadings give an insight that sparks the need to reflect on the realcost of the American Revolution, more than what is recognized byhistory. This shows that the effect of the revolution was differentamong the different social groups in America. The significance of theAmerican Revolution seems to be felt by the American white men, asthe powerful group. Others were either neglected after therevolution, despite the deep role they had played during the war.While all the groups were differently involved, most of them weretreated in a similar way in that they did not feel any change of theAmerican Revolution.
However,women were the most affected group that did not see any change duringthe American Revolution, they were treated a inferior, before therevolution, during and after the revolution. This shows that theAmerican Revolution maintained power for the powerful group in thecountry. The dominance of the American white men and the lack ofchange for women, native Indians and African Americans show theinsignificance of the revolution on American minorities. This showsthat the American Revolution did not have any significant change onthese groups, and so power was maintained for the powerful ratherthan for the powerless.
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Lapore,J. (2011). PoorJane’s Almanac. RetrievedFrom, <http://history.msu.edu/hst202/poor-janes-almanac> July21, 2015
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Speechto Iroquois 1776, Speechof Congress to Visiting Iroquois, inHurtado A., & Iverson, P. (2000), MajorProblems In American Indian History 1775-1779, Retrieved From,<http://history.msu.edu/hst202/files/2013/04/Speech-to-Iroquois.pdf>July 21, 2015