Historical events influenced the book: Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper.
The author of the last of the Mohicans was influenced by various historical events that took place during his childhood and adult life in America. Cooper looked at the past life of the Native America that helped him understand his present and the future. The author was influenced by the race issues that affected the Native Americans and the challenges encountered when overcoming the issues of race that divided the people in America. This is supported by coldly asking Cola, “Should we distrust the man because his manners are not our manners, and that his skin is dark” (Cooper, p. 35). Cooper used the title the book as a symbol of the eradication of the culture of the Indian people as a result of gradual impinging of European civilization. The author was as well influenced by the genocidal removal of the Indian people, revolutionary war and slavery. Indian are equal human beings who can reason even if nature has made them red-skin.
The historical event like the eradication of the Native Americans culture influenced the work of Cooper in writing the last of the Mohicans. During the time that the author was writing, a large number of people had a strong believe that the Native Americans were experiencing a sudden and mysterious disappearance. There existed a possibility that they would eventually fail to survive or be assimilated. In the East, the number of Native Americans deteriorated. During this period, the author developed the interest in the time of the frontier of transition. This was the period that the colonial rule exerted pressure on the Native Americans and hence wrote to offer his views concerning the frontier transition. The revolutionary war that took place during the period that the author wrote the book influenced his writing work (Cooper 145).
The racial prejudice issues like the one experienced between blacks and whites was a major cause of the slavery. White treated the nonwhite people in America as being inferior and was hence prejudiced in terms of color. The racial prejudice issues and incapability of Indian people is indicated reflected when Hawkeye clearly despised Huron Indians. “A Huron!” repeated the sturdy scout, once more shaking his head in open distrust; “they are a thievish race, nor do I care by whom they are adopted; you can never make anything of them but skulls and vagabonds” Cooper, p. 165). The discrimination and prejudicing issues that caused the existence of slavery influenced the author to write the book and offer a critical advice on the possibility of amalgamation. The author experienced challenges when writing about the amalgamation of the two races without offending any of the two. This was evidenced in his work since the author wrote advising on the amalgamation issues describing it as an issue that would take tame to address although he acknowledged that the time was still remote. In his work, the author considers amalgamation as a feasible outcome that was to take time to embrace since the black people were ill educated and were treated as belonging to the inferior class. Cooper was influenced by the racial issues that made him believe that people belonged to different social class. The prejudicing person in terms of color was a powerful tool used by the White Americans to determine the class for nonwhite Americans and resulted to the practicing of slavery.
In his work, Cooper concentrated more on the issues affecting the Indians people in general than concentrating on particular Indian. The author was influenced by the tribal histories and as a result, the author distorted and simplified tribal histories as well as alliances that were formed by the Europeans and Indians. In his fictitious version, the author provided clarity through organizing Indians into two accurately defined camps. The first camp was composed of pro-Anglo-American that was made up of Algonquin speakers. The second group was composed of pro-French Iroquoian speakers. The coalitions that were formed in historic times between the Europeans and Indians were situational, complex and it with times caused set into rivalry the group relationships that existed among the Indians (Cooper 179).
The author was influenced by the war that existed between the French and the Indian American. As a result, Cooper wrote about the French and Indian War American colonists. In his work, the author observed the victimizations that were resulting from the massacres that had become common as well as other substantial evils that were common in America. Cooper asserts that “what was wilderness then is wilderness still. Men and armies are “swallowed” by the woods (Cooper 189).
Anglo-American victimization played a significant role in influencing the work of Coopers in the writing of the last of the Mohicans book. Colonial government from Europe though they were frightened, they were deemed to magnify the real dangers by a thousand fanciful and imaginary dangers. For instance, Hawkeye in the book has lived among the Indians for long time and though they had attributes that are tied to their genes and race rather than culture. “I see nothing, nor do I hear the sounds of man or beast; ’tis strange that an Indian should understand white sounds better than a man who, his very enemies will own, has no cross in his blood, although he may have lived with the red skins long enough to be suspected”, Cooper p. 194). The colonialists believed the horror stories that were related to the Indians and it ended up invading the psyche of the colonial people. The invasion of the Indian scare and the attack by the colonialist caused an element of unsafe environment. There was no peace in either the urban centers or in the countryside. The frontiers being the locations that the author was brought up were exceptionally vulnerable. The existing fear overcame reasoning and as a result, colonists acted in an irrational manner, forgot their humanity, shamed themselves and they became the slaves of practicing vulgar and ignoble passions. As a result, the exposure to the overwhelming hatred, retaliations and the eventual use of the victimization by the colonists in their effort of justifying their transformation to their victims influenced the Cooper to write the Last of the Mohicans book.
The author of the last of the Mohicans book was influenced to write by most of the historical events that were affecting Native Americans. The author confronted the issue of racial hysteria that had greatly spread in America. Racial hysteria had major impacts to American civilization since it resulted in the massive attack on non-white people. The racial issues also caused the emergence of slavery that affected the non-white people during the colonial rule. The Indian and French warfare also had a great impact on the Native Americans and hence it contributed in influencing the author to write his book concerning the negative impacts and the available solutions.
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Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last Of The Mohicans. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013. http://188.8.131.52/login?url=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ebscohost.com%2flogin.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26db%3dedsebk%26AN%3d726763%26site%3deds-live