In his review of my book, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World [NYR, June 24], J. H. Elliott does not take issue. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stannard, David E. American holocaust: Columbus and the conquest of the. New World I David E. Stannard. David Stannard’s “American Holocaust”, aptly published during the ahistorical hoo-hah that marked the th year since Columbus “discovered” the Americas, .
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It is probably because, that is how the history is taught to us in schools.
In fact, if anything, women showed more originality than men in their undertakings of humiliation. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as million people. Stannard argues in this stunning new amerocan, the European and white American americwn of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world.
After returning to college inStannard graduated magna cum laude dagid San Francisco State University in Advancing a thesis that is sure to create much controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the American Holocaust drew on the same ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust.
The picture of the numerous vibrant and vital human societies in the Americas pre is vividly presented to the reader. Jun 28, Theophilus Theo rated it it was amazing.
Although somewhat overstated and repetitive, the book provides a glimpse of dark deeds as well as an entree into the voluminous literature dealing with what Fritz Jennings once termed the “Invasion of America. The Pequot War witnessed the massacre of women and children and the virtual obliteration of the Pequot tribe. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. Refresh and try again. Las Casas recorded sickening scenes of wanton cruelty. Thomas Limited preview – There were times when I had to put Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved especially the first part of this book.
While reading, I couldn’t help but reflect in anger at how I was essentially lied to during my formative years in school. David Stannard insists that we do. Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the s–the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence.
Arguing that the conquest of the new world was nothing less than a genocidal assault upon an entire continent an assault that left nearly million deadStannard’s book pulls no punches nor spares any details.
He follows this charge up with discussion of the Cherokee Wars in the American Southeast, which were eventually followed up by Cherokee Removal west of the Mississippi. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
From an ethical standpoint, works such as Stannard’s are necessary to counterbalance the ethnocentricities of past historical works on Natives. Next in line are the great accomplishments of Incan civilization and finally a discussion of the Arawaks of Northern Brazil, which provides a lead in to the discussion of the Arawaks of Hispaniola, which Columbus encountered on his voyages.
American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World
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He shortly mentions the Irish precedent for the treatment of the Native Americans, then to return to the Americas once more. Stannard wants to trace the hate back to early asceticism of amerifan Christian variety, which he believes created tremendously unhappy people who wound up resenting people who did not share their beliefs and customs. Become a LibraryThing Author. Even the requisite college courses I took didn’t touch this part of the history of this land.
Holocajst a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dispossessing the Wilderness Mark David Spence. He is currently a writer and professor in the Department of American Studies at sttannard University of Hawaiiwhere he was awarded the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in teaching. Survivors were made into slaves and the city was burned and all the gold looted. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. I had no idea that disease wiped out so much of the native American population before Jamestown was settled and the Pilgrims arrived.
So, I will stick to the holocwust and cons and try to justify why Dsvid gave it a 5, and if in the course of this review I realize this book does americxn deserve a 5I will change it. It should be mandatory reading. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.
None of us in this country would ever celebrate Columbus Day again. Poverty, starvation and warfare were the lot of many and wealth the lot of a very few. Stannard gives stannadr vivid image of the Indian cultures of pre-Columbian times, but he also paints a vivid picture of Reformationist Europe — a Europe in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition, hating on everybody from Catholics to Jews to Muslims on down, using witchcraft and the Other as a scapegoat and an outlet for their repressed frustrations and aggressions.
We owe it to its victims, and to our dagid future, to reflect on Stannard’s merciless book. Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved especially the first part of this book. An astute analysis of the greatest holocaust of peoples in world history – along with the conditions that have shrouded it in darkness, lies and purposely constructed illusions – in the context of brutality as a whole.