早期保存请求“对古代的崇敬似乎是人类的天性;因此，我们认为那些拆毁古代遗迹的人是野蛮人，但是，我们是否对我们国家引以为荣的唯一遗迹表现出一种公正的品味呢?当这些遗迹消失，只留下它们的历史，后代难道不会因我们破坏了它们而宣布我们为野蛮人吗?那些令人肃然起敬的坟墓，应当虔诚地加以保护，甚至应当种植常青树。新万博2017他们会出现在我们的墓地、广场和人行道上;但他们的命运可能会如何呢?如果是在田里，为了多收获几穗玉米或一捆小麦，他们就会被犁掉。如果在一个城镇的范围内，为了建造房屋、花园或填补一些下沉的地方而拆除，而包围城镇或古代堡垒的墙被制成了砖。这就是男人!这就是开明的美国人! Episcopal minister and author Joseph Doddridge (1912, original printing 1824) Everyone is interested in the early inhabitants of America and yet in nearly every state and township, we are rapidly destroying every vestige of Indian life. Imagine a valuable, illustrated historic book of 655 pages placed in your county courthouse. Person after person comes in and looks it over. One rips out a leaf and stuffs it in his pocket. Another, somewhat more careful, takes out his penknife and removes an illustration, but in so doing destroys the reading matter on the opposite side of the page. Some one mildly protests, saying that the pictures and pages will soon be scattered and of no value to anyone; but he is met with the reply that the book belongs to all the people and if one does not get his share now, another will. And so the destruction goes on until only fifty pages of the book are left. Then suddenly the people of the county come to realize that they have allowed the destruction of a priceless historical document, a volume which would have brought thousands of visitors to the county and thus added to its fame and to its revenue. The destruction of this book is not fancy but fact. In one county in Illinois there have been located 655 Indian mounds varying from simple burial plots to pyramids of considerable size; from earthworks to effigy mounds. And all but fifty of these have been dug into and for the most part looted, and their historical significance lost. The looted mounds bear eloquent testimony to the fact that the volume was beautifully illustrated, but today the county possesses only a few battered remains."