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  • Axtell's Second Article
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    A People's History of the United States 1492 - Present by Howard Zinn takes a realistic viewpoint that is not seen in many textbooks, and that is exactly the point. Zinn writes about the dark sides of United States icons, which students are rarely taught about. Through historical examples, such as Christopher Columbus' treatment of Native American Arawak Indians, Zinn supports his thesis. In Zinn's book, he displays his displeasure with the way Americans are taught glorified history, as does ano...
  • Their Indian Guide Magua
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    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper's the Last of the Mohicans is a gripping novel that depicts the travel of 7 people through the dangerous woods of western New York in the late 18th century. The story takes place during the French and Indian war at the height of conflict. Major Duncan Heyward is accompanying singer David Gamut and the two daughters of the English colonel Munro from Fort Edward to Fort William Henry. Along the way, the four travelers discover that their Indian guide ...
  • Morton With The Puritans
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    THE MAY-POLE AT MERRY MOUNT MOST confusing thing in American History, as read it, is the nearly universal lack of scale. This parochialism is helped by such balanced statement as A.C. Adams' preface to Thomas Morton's The New English Dictionary in which the incident of the May-pole at Merry Mount is related. Adams has compared that "vulgar royalist libertine", Morton, and the Puritans of the Plymouth Colony too closely. He has seen the time too near. He has accepted the mere chance presence of M...
  • Irving's Treatment Of The Indian
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    In spite of Irving's seventeen years in Europe, his search for native themes led him to contribute importantly to portraiture of the American Indian. Although his firsthand observation of Indians was limited, he was liberated om the pioneer's need to justify Indian displacement. He was able to view Indians sympathetically, bringing the perspective of a worldly man to questions of civilization and savagery. In his first book, A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the...
  • First 250 Years Of America's History
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    Zinn's A People's History of the United States: The Oppressed Dr. Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States might be better titled A Proletarian's History of the United States. In the first three chapters Zinn looks at not only the history of the conquerors, rulers, and leaders; but also the history of the enslaved, the oppressed, and the led. Like any American History book covering the time period of 1492 until the early 1760's, A People's History tells the story of the "discovery" ...
  • History Of The Europeans And Indians
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    In the document, 'Indians: Textualism, Morality, and The Problem of History,' Jane Tompkins examines the conflicts between the English settlers and the American Indians. After examining several primary sources, Tompkins found that different history books have different perspectives. It wasn't that the history books took different angles that was troubling, but the viewpoints contradicted one another. People who experience the same event told it through their reality. This becomes a problem when ...
  • Puritan And Indians By Alden Vaughan
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    'Indians': Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History'; , an essay written by Jane Tompkins, a professor of English at Duke University, outlines Tompkins dissatisfaction on how American Indians are portrayed throughout history. As children, we are taught that in '1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue'; , and that Peter Minuet bought all of Manhattan Island from the Indians for only twenty-four dollars worth of trinkets. In high school, we were taught that in World War II, the Germans were al...
  • Positive View Of The California Mission System
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    Modern America has established and continues to maintain a positive view of the California Mission System instituted by the Spaniards in the late 1700's and early 1800's. This attitude has been popularized due to the United States desire to see their nation as a place of freedom, free of blame, originally based on Christian morality. The problem lies in that history has become subjective. Early historians denied the barbaric nature of the mission system, releasing the Spanish Catholic Church and...
  • Pueblo Pottery
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    The historic period of pueblo pottery (AD 1600 until 1880) began during the time of the first Spanish settlements and lasted u till the completion of the railroad through out the South West. During this period potters began to move away from the black on white pottery as characterized by Anasazi pottery and three and four color polychrome pottery emerged. The pueblo Indians whose name is Spanish for "stone Masonry village dweller", are one of the oldest cultures in the United States. One of thei...
  • Reader About Their Views On Columbus
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    "Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress", In the opening chapter, "Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress", in the book, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn gives the reader a new way to look at America's history. He uses harsh tones and blunt statements about the cruelty towards the Indians to persuade the reader about their views on Columbus. Zinn then gives his reasons for retelling history the way he does. Zinn says, "I prefer to try to tell the story of the discover...
  • Pleasurable Perspective Of An Indian
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    Jane Tompkins, author of "Indians", questions the validity of every research, every history book, and every opinion turned fact that has been written. She first writes her perspective as a small child and her own juvenile understanding of Indians. It is as she imagines herself as an Indian playing in the caves that is the pleasurable perspective of an Indian. When her parents took her to meet real Indians, it was always a disappointment for her. She would see them for who they were and even the ...
  • Europeans And Indians
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    Mid-Term Essay Question - Native Americans Relationship to Social Studies I choose the fourth essay and will attempt to write about how my study of Native Americans relates to the definition of Social Studies. My definition of social studies is a course that studies the history, the people and the culture of a certain area. In the next two paragraphs, I will provide you with the information I have learned about Native American history so far this year. At least 10,000 years ago, Native Americans...
  • Custer Before The Battle
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    Imagine yourself on a battlefield fighting 2000 armed to the teeth Indians with only 650 men on your side, trying to win what you know will be your last battle (Donovan 188). "Whoosh!" An arrow whizzes right past you and hits your fellow soldier. That's what it was like in the Battle of Little Bighorn, where the Lakota, Sioux, and Cheyenne killed George Armstrong Custer, a very brave general, on June 25, 1876 (Connell 1). Previously, Custer and his men were actively involved in genocide against ...

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