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By George Novack

ISBN-10: 0873484657

ISBN-13: 9780873484657

A old materialist research of the genocide opposed to local americans, the yankee Revolution, the Civil struggle, the increase of commercial capitalism, and the 1st wave of the struggle for women's rights.

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The fur trade early became one of the most profitable and far-flung branches of commerce between North America and Europe. The fur factors, hunters, and trappers served as agents of the rich merchants and big chartered monopolies dominating the business and acted as advance scouts of capitalist civilization. The Indians were first drawn into the orbit of capitalist commerce largely through extension of the fur trade. In the course of time the fur-trading tribes embraced all the North American Indians except those in the extreme South and Southwest.

The insuperable opposition between the two social systems was equally evident on the side of the Indians in their determination to preserve their established ways. There was no lack of attempts, for example, to enslave the natives. But they defended their freedom as fiercely as their lands. The Indians could not suffer servitude. Such a condition was repugnant to their habits, feelings, and productive activities. They resisted to the death any reversal in their status and occupations, sickened in captivity, refused to reproduce, and died off.

Anyone in the tribe, for example, could borrow without permission the belongings of another-and return them without thanks. There were no debtors or creditors where private property and money were absent. William Penn wrote: "Give them a fine gun, coat or any other thing, it may pass twenty hands before it sticks. . Wealth circulateth like the blood, all parts partake, and ... " How this tribal solidarity was broken up by civilization can be seen from the following petition by the Mohegan Indians to the Connecticut State Assembly in 1789: Yes, the Times have turned everything Upside down .

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