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When we study history we often encounter many one sided or inaccurate descriptions of the events that we are trying to learn about This is in large part because the people writing about these events historians were not actually there when history was being made They attempt to piece together a history from primary sources of the time period they are studying Unfortunately these primary sources were often biased themselves This is a topic that is discussed heavily by Patricia Nelson Limerick in her analysis of the real west in Empire of Innocence She comes to the conclusion that history is never absolute and complete Although this is not the only topic which she discusses it best describes the topic which I will be looking at Limerick points out to us that one main reason for the inaccuracies of history is that things are often left out of the generally accepted history because most Americans have that idea in their minds that we were always the innocent ones She brings up the example of a missionary named Narcissa Whitman who was killed by the Cayuses Indians Most Americans believe that things like this prove that the Indians were savages Since there are no accounts of this by the Cayuses Indians it is hard to see their point of view If we investigate closely we see that in the short amount of time between her arrival and death diseases that the missionaries never died from decimated the Indian population The evidence pointed at the missionaries as the reason for the Indian suffering This better helps us to understand why they would react so violently to the missionaries This is a perfect example of how history has been corrupted to make the writers of it look innocent Limericks idea on how history is written in a very biased manner holds true for almost all historical events and is especially true of the descriptions of the World
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