Policy>Give the natives a chance, Mr. Carl.
Give the natives a chance, Mr. Carl
Caricature of Sec. of Interior Schirg introducing Indians
to "the Ballot [box] the great protector of the Age."
to Jeff Corntassel in Forced Federalism: Contemporary
Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood (Chapter 1).
CITATION: Forced Federalism: Contemporary
Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood by Jeff Corntassel
with Lindsay G. Robertson, Richard C. Witmer II, University
of Oklahoma Press, 2008
"Another caricature drawn by Thomas
Nast in 1880 demonstrates a prevailing image of indigenous
peoples as childlike during this period. According to
the caption, granting the right to vote to indigenous
people is deemed “the cheapest and quickest way of civilizing
them.” As Natives appear awestruck and mystified by
the ballot box, the secretary of the interior casually
introduces them to “the Ballot, the Great Protector
of the Age.” At the top of the cartoon, caricatures
of African Americans, Scots, and Irish are depicted
with the caption “Civilized by the ballot box.” Clearly,
these images of indigenous peoples reflect the stereotypical
childlike Native of the allotment era and depict the
urgency on the part of Congress, missionaries, land
speculators, and other interested parties to assimilate
Native peoples into the U.S. system."
Wood engraving, March 13, 1880, Prints and
Photographs Division, Library of Congress