A peoples history of the united states by howard zinn

The bloody swath was cut by numbers of Europeans mostly Spanish at first who had no understanding nor wanted any of the tribal empires and cultures with which they came in contact.

The pretense is that there really is such a thing as "the United States," subject to occasional conflicts and quarrels, but fundamentally a community of people with common interests. They were taught equality in status and the sharing of possessions. As for the newly born, they died early because their mothers, overworked and famished, had no milk to nurse them, and for this reason, while I was in Cuba, children died in three months.

They also named the forty-nine chiefs who were the ruling council for the Five Nation confederacy of the Iroquois. For example, the pastor of the Pilgrim colony, John Robinson, thus advised his parishioners how to deal with their children: Was Morison right in burying the story of genocide inside a more important story of human progress?

The concept of private ownership of land and homes was foreign to the Iroquois. Portuguese sailors were working their way around the southern tip of Africa.

It is as if there really is a "national interest" represented in the Constitution, in territorial expansion, in the laws passed by Congress, the decisions of the courts, the development of capitalism, the culture of education and the mass media.

And so Columbus, desperate to pay back dividends to those who had invested, had to make good his promise to fill the ships with gold.

I will try not to overlook the cruelties that victims inflict on one another as they are jammed together in the boxcars of the system. When it became clear that there was no gold left, the Indians were taken as slave labor on huge estates, known later as encomiendas.

But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then They drew three lessons from the Pequot War: His son Wamsutta had been killed by Englishmen, and Wamsuttas brother Metacom later to be called King Philip by the English became chief.

Zinn writes that the large-scale violence of the war was used to end slavery instead of the small-scale violence of the rebellions because the latter may have expanded beyond anti-slavery, resulting in a movement against the capitalist system.

In Peru, that other Spanish conquistador Pizarro, used the same tactics, and for the same reasons- the frenzy in the early capitalist states of Europe for gold, for slaves, for products of the soil, to pay the bondholders and stockholders of the expeditions, to finance the monarchical bureaucracies rising in Western Europe, to spur the growth of the new money economy rising out of feudalism, to participate in what Karl Marx would later call "the primitive accumulation of capital.

Within this area, societies participated in a high degree of exchange; most activity was conducted along the waterways that served as their major transportation routes.

Chapter 10, "The Other Civil War", covers the Anti-Rent movementthe Dorr Rebellionthe Flour Riot ofthe Molly Maguiresthe rise of labor unionsthe Lowell girls movement, and other class struggles centered around the various depressions of the 19th century.

He writes that the war could limit the freedom granted to African-Americans by allowing the government control over how that freedom was gained.

History of the United States

Harper Perennial Modern Classics. These lessons the Indians took to heart. In the short run and so far, human history has consisted only of short runsthe victims, themselves desperate and tainted with the culture that oppresses them, turn on other victims.

The Folsom Tradition was characterized by use of Folsom points as projectile tips, and activities known from kill sites, where slaughter and butchering of bison took place. And so they welcomed him, with munificent hospitality.

The painter Durer a few years later described what he saw just arrived in Spain from that expedition-a sun of gold, a moon of silver, worth a fortune. DebsHelen Kellerthe Rev. He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices.

They had commission to put to death the men of Block Island, but to spare the women and children, and to bring them away, and to take possession of the island; and from thence to go to the Pequods to demand the murderers of Captain Stone and other English, and one thousand fathom of wampum for damages, etc.

And so, in Cholulu, he invited the headmen of the Cholula nation to the square. One can lie outright about the past. Invincible ignorance is just that, invincible. The murder of a white trader, Indian-kidnaper, and troublemaker became an excuse to make war on the Pequots in And yet, there is some reason to call them Indians, because they did come, perhaps 25, years ago, from Asia, across the land bridge of the Bering Straits later to disappear under water to Alaska.

Indian tribes were used against one another, and never seemed able to join together in fighting the English. He cites various instances of opposition to fighting in some cases greater than those during World War I as proof.

Still, understanding the complexities, this book will be skeptical of governments and their attempts, through politics and culture, to ensnare ordinary people in a giant web of nationhood pretending to a common interest. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison.

Then they sailed back to the mainland and raided Pequot villages along the coast, destroying crops again.Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat.

The history of the United States began with the settlement of Indigenous people before 15, BC.

A People's History of the United States

Numerous cultures formed. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in started the European colonization of the mint-body.com colonies formed after By the s, thirteen British colonies contained million people along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains.

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