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Narrative CriminologyUnderstanding Stories of Crime$
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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001

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“The Race of Pale Men Should Increase and Multiply”

“The Race of Pale Men Should Increase and Multiply”

Religious Narratives and Indian Removal

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Narrative Criminology

Robert M. Keeton

NYU Press

This chapter presents U.S. Congressional Representative Wilson Lumpkin’s speech on the relocation of Native American tribes from the southeastern United States to federally controlled lands west of the Mississippi River. He forges a clear connection between the story of the Israelites and the situation of the Native Americans in the earliest decades of the nineteenth century to justify the harm of their migration. On that note, the chapter asserts that Biblical references have been used many times to validate policies of politically sanctioned mass harm including slavery, torture, and war. By understanding how religious narratives motivate human action, criminologists can provide a theoretical framework useful for explaining how social institutions are able to motivate individuals to engage in collective action.

Keywords:   Wilson Lumpkin, Native American, Mississippi River, Biblical references, mass harm, criminologists, collective action

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