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Someone stole a A People's History of The United States from me at a party I hosted, and I don't mind at all. Hope they read it or gave it to someone who would.

one of the wildest first read throughs you will ever experience

especially if you come from an us educational upbringing where songs about oceans being blue(o) are historical place holders stead primary sources

the elucidation is immediate.. zinn's first paragraph has an excerpt from christopher columbus' log:

They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned... . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... . They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

fuck you chris

if you like zinn check out angela davis, her ability as a historian to find substantial sources is incredible

(o) http://www.teachingheart.net/columbus.htm

"Did Christopher Columbus ever make this statement?"


That book a strange ability to receive credit for ideas and sources that are not in it, which disturbs me but is a testament to its power to generate new memories and views of history in the minds of its readers.

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