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In the document Indians Textualism Morality and The Problem of History Jane Tompkins examines the conflicts between the English settlers and the American Indians After examining several primary sources Tompkins found that different history books have different perspectives It wasnt that the history books took different angles that was troubling but the viewpoints contradicted one another People who experience the same event told it through their reality This becomes a problem when a person who didnt experience the effect wants to know what happened Tompkins said The problem id that if all accounts of events are determined through and through by the observers frame of reference that one will never know in any given case what really happened 202 The problem was evident when Tompkins was researching the history of the Europeans and Indians She started her inquiry with the book Errand into the Wilderness by Perry Miller In the preface of his book Tompkins found that Miller didnt even recognize the Indians existence in America calling it vacant The fact is that there were Indians here Miller just didnt see history in that light Secondly Tompkins went to the book New England Frontier Puritans and Indians 1620-1675 authored by Alden Vuaghan in 1965 This Vuaghans angle toward American history was antipodal to Miller even though the writers spoke of the same effects Vuaghan recognized the Indians presence he speaks of the European settlers and Indians not only having humane considerate relationships but using their differences to help one another 205 Tompkins claims this to be irrelevant saying his viewpoint was biased Moving on to another contradictory perspective Tompkins examines the perspective of Francis Jennings The Invasion of America written in the late sixties Jennings saw the European settlers to brutal animals the early settlers lied to the Indians stole form them murdered them scalped them captured them tortured them raped them soled the into slavery confiscated their land destroyed
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