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Themes New Worlds for All by Colin G Calloway has several themes The first theme is the failure of the settlers to acknowledge the fact that the Indians had a whole society set up before they got there Many settlers came to the New World not wanting to blend in with the culture that was already there but to recreate what they had in their homeland The second important theme is the positive and negative results of the settlers moving to the America Some positives were that the settlers brought with them new tools and technology which enabled them to clear forests along with new animals and food that most Indians and white men could benefit from Some negatives were the germs and diseases that Europeans brought inexperience in survival and the problem of using all the resources the land had to offer Quotes The novel had specific quotes it getting the two themes across European immigrants brought with them a cargo of germs guns goods animals religious zeal land hunger and cultural preconceptions that turned America into a new and often nightmarish world for Indian peoples Calloway 6 This quote represents how the white Europeans could help and become the bane of the American Indian society Political and diplomatic decisions rested more and more in European hands Calloway 115 This quote represents the lack of regard for the Indian culture The introduction to the book has another quote that sticks out Originally the term American referred to Indians the first Americans To follow that thought the author says An American was now a citizen of the new country the United States not a Native American Calloway 7 In the last chapter of the book Calloway recites a quote from a Jeffersonian philanthropist You will unite yourselves with us join in out great councils and form one people with us and we shall all be Americans you will mix with us by marriage
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