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1684 1880 - Indian Wars - The period of time that became the standard in illustrating the conflict between the military and Indian tribes. This is especially true after the Civil War when the military was enlisting men to fight the “Plains Indian Wars” and the images from newspapers, photographers, and painters capture the imagination of the “civilized world” with stories of the noble savage and the “new frontier.” The establishment of a new democracy was much more pressing than attending to the tribes out west. The new government acquired territory interest then shifted to what bounty would enhance the controlling majority. The expansion of settlements into the frontier greatly increased confrontation between tribes and settlers. Protection of the citizens and removal of “Injuns” was a priority of the military.

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