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Standing Bear And The Ponca: A Forgotten Legacy, Chace Hutchison Mar 2020

Standing Bear And The Ponca: A Forgotten Legacy, Chace Hutchison

International Social Science Review

This paper aims to heighten the general public’s awareness of the major American event that was the landmark case, Standing Bear v. Crook. The Ponca tribe’s and Standing Bear’s positive reputation of peaceful assimilation into white culture allowed for the court case to take place. Neither the ensuing verdicts would have been granted to other tribes such as the Sioux or Cheyenne. Standing Bear and his lawyers argued the case with different strategies. Standing Bear presented an emotional appeal, while his lawyers concentrated on the legalities of the case. While both arguments had the same end goal ...


National Black Conventions And The Quest For African American Freedom And Progress, 1847-1867, Shawn C. Comminey Sep 2015

National Black Conventions And The Quest For African American Freedom And Progress, 1847-1867, Shawn C. Comminey

International Social Science Review

Through times of uncertainty, difficulty and hope, national black conventions represented conscientious self-help efforts to eradicate slavery and ameliorate the condition of free blacks. Concern over the status of blacks in the United States and black participation in the abolitionist movement was the impetus behind the national black convention movement. Between 1847 and 1864, at least five national conventions were held, during which free black delegates and leaders openly discussed the plight of African-Americans. Three major issues—the eradication of slavery, establishing a firm base in America while securing civil rights and emigration, in an attempt to acquire freedoms elsewhere ...