In March of 1495 he massed together several hundred armored troops, cavalry, and a score or more of trained attack dogs. The word modern can only be tested relatively, as there are no objective standards to test it rationally. Agreeing there was a tragedy on a huge scale, not least because of the impact of disease, is one thing - but the violence inflicted I would suggest follows a pattern Europeans have been inflicting on themselves for thousands of years. After his second voyage and by 1496 from one-third to a half were subjected to slavery, slaughter, disease and ultimate death. From an ethical standpoint, works such as Stannard's are necessary to counterbalance the ethnocentricities of past historical works on Natives. To see such poverty, alcoholism, life's wasting is awful. If only it were required reading in our schools.
Ok you bring Australia and the stolen generation into this? But such a fact is not often discussed. In this respect, Stannard's analysis, though never critical of religion per se, tacitly presents a pretty damning view of Christianity and, by extension, any set of beliefs that can be so small-minded and self-interested. What sort of people carry out such horrendous things to others, Stannard asks us. Just as the Spanish soldiers seem to have particularly enjoyed testing the sharpness of their yard-long rapier blades on the bodies of Indian children, so their dogs seemed to find the soft bodies of infants especially tasty, and thus the accounts of the invading conquistadors and the padres who traveled with them are filled with detailed descriptions of young Indian children routinely taken from their parents and fed to the hungry animals. Stannard documents the destruction of the Western Hemisphere's native population, and it is horrifying. If land was inhabited by those who did not use it in this way, then the righteous were entitled to seize it, if necessary by killing the occupants. The tale of not just who discovered and conquered America, but how they did it.
A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity. If there is a problem today find a way to fix it. Or is it simply as it seems—that he considers one group to be intrinsically more worthy than the other of historical attention and concern? For four hundred years--from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U. In contrast the term black refers to everything that is despicable, ignorant, and that instill fear. Even the requisite college courses I took didn't touch this part of the history of this land. I wasn't even involved with these horrible acts of cruelty, but as a white person I can feel the blood on my hands nonetheless. The second part is the most emotionally gripping, dealing with the wholesale slaughter of the native peoples at the hands of the Europeans.
In my essay I have divided these causes into. American Holocaust Pestilence and Genocide Pestilence and Genocide excerpted from the book American Holocaust by David Stannard Oxford University Press, 1992 p57 The Spain that Christopher Columbus and his crews left behind before dawn on August 3, 1492, as they sailed forth from Palos and out into the Atlantic, was for most of its people a land of violence, squalor, treachery, and intolerance. Most people never bathed, not once in an entire lifetime. Yet this particular genocide is barely given any attention. Stannard argues in this stunning new book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world. At the mission of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe the figures were similar: 53 baptisms, 130 deaths.
I just finished reading it for the second time. As we move into the office, we hear and see Danny's history teacher Elliot Gould explaining to the principal, Dr. The power of this text is supercharged by Stannard's fine prose style and somber yet ferocious tone. In 1935 the Nazis passed the Nuremberg laws that deprived Jews their rights to German citizenship and forbade marriages between Jews and non-Jews. Last Gov't effort was in the 1970's as I understand it. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? Let me remind you this issues such as health care, land and treaty rights, about U.
Later, the French, English, and the Americans committed their fair share of brutal injustices. The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future. He has contributed dozens of articles to scholarly journals in a variety of fields. Stannard divides his account into three parts: 'Before Columbus', 'Pestilence and Genocide', and 'Sex, Race, and Holy War'. The final part is an attempt to understand the historical and religious motivations of the Euro-Christian racism that fueled the genocide, where the author reviews the Euro-christian doctrines of war since Christianity started ruling in Europe. The certainty that the modern media was going to receive this book badly and would report journalistically against it would have probably helped to ensure its success in the market.
A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed. All because we believe in trying to find a difference such as our ethnicity, intellect, or looks to try to find how we are better than some. It's pathetic how most people still only think we came to this country and it was all like Thanksgiving feasts everywhere. Write a one-sentence thesis statement on the weekly reading. I would argue that most Americans do not even know how this land was really acquired because the history has been so completely buried.
These were extremely significant events during the history of the world because they changed the lives of so many people. I bring this to the attention of those who might peruse this post in order to provide some context for the times and lands in which we live, as well as to bring some awareness to the problems inherent in our own histories, even as western Europe and America and Canada to a lesser extent, I suppose go about trying to spread civilization to other populations through violence. I stopped several times reading the descriptions of the cities and towns and villages to imagine how beautiful it was. Being of Native American heritage myself, I used to think that Columbus started the destruct This book is difficult to review. Whatever the population of California was before the Spanish came, however, and whatever happened during the first few centuries following Spanish entry into the region, by 1845 the Indian population of California had been slashed to 150,000 down from many times that number prior to European contact by swarming epidemics of influenza, diphtheria, measles, pneumonia, whooping cough, smallpox, malaria, typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, dysentery, syphilis, and gonorrhea-along with everyday settler and explorer violence. Had Stannard been just a little more even-handed in his treatment of the subject, it would be much harder for his detractors to dismiss him out of hand.
When the gold was delivered the individual was presented with a token to wear around his or her neck as proof that the tribute had been paid. This account rapidly dispenses with centuries of a fabricated fantasy of liberal romanticism, fallacy, myth and propaganda, regarding the invasion of the Americas by Europeans. The worst critique most people have come up with about this book is that its count of native peoples in the Western Hemisphere is inflated. Lai, 1978 For those who remained in America, they struggled to find a place for living. At once sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, American Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical and moral debate.