Date of Award

Spring 2002

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

John J. Navin


One may be led to speculate as to whether or not events such as those that occurred at Sand Creek and My Lai were truly unique. Are they some sort of strange anomalies that take place in war or are they commonplace? What is clear is that the inherent view Americans tend to have of themselves, as being a society of high intellect and sound morals, is a fallacy; just ask any Native American or Vietnamese. As a result of the truth having been revealed concerning the massacres at Sand Creek and My Lai, both the American public and press should in the future be much more critical as to the validity of military force as a means to an end.