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The Coming of the Europeans

American History, Volume I: Aboriginal America (New York: Sheldon, 1860)


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288 THE COMING OF THE EUROPEANS.

THE UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.

These views, which it would seem impossible to gainsay, do not at all conflict with the sublime doctrine which the Christian religion teaches us, of the universal brotherhood. of man, and the obli- gation which rests upon us all to regard every human being with sentiments of cordial and honest good will. They do not in the least excuse the acts of injustice and cruelty which have been per- petrated so extensively upon the Indian tribes dur- ing the last two hundred years, in consequence of which the gradual displacement of the old race by the new, which might have proceeded quietly, - peacefully, and without individual suffering, has been hurried onward with so much violence and wrong. Let us hope, however, that the period of this injustice is now over, and that the ancient race, though its days are numbered and are fast passing away, may be cheered in its decline by the kind and friendly regards of those that are to suc- ceed to its heritage, and thus be permitted to spend the remainder of its old age in happiness and peace.

THE END.



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