By Howard Zinn
A younger People's heritage of the us brings to US historical past the viewpoints of employees, slaves, immigrants, ladies, local americans, and others whose tales, and their impression, are infrequently integrated in books for kids. a tender People's background of the us is additionally a better half quantity to the folks communicate, the movie tailored from A People's historical past of the USA and Voices of a People's historical past of the United States.
Beginning with a glance at Christopher Columbus's arrival throughout the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then prime the reader throughout the struggles for employees' rights, women's rights, and civil rights in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, and finishing with the present protests opposed to endured American imperialism, Zinn within the volumes of a tender People's background of the U.S. provides an intensive new manner of figuring out America's background. In so doing, he reminds readers that America's real greatness is formed via our dissident voices,...
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CHILD SAILORS LIKE MOST HISTORIANS, I WRITE ABOUT COLUMBUS and his “men,” but many of those who sailed with Columbus in 1492—on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria—were children. One of those children was twelve-year-old Diego Bermúdez, a page who sailed with Columbus on the Santa Maria. Of the ninety sailors who sailed on the three ships, nearly twenty were boys! The children who sailed with Columbus worked in their bare feet, took showers by dumping buckets of seawater over their heads, and used a toilet that stuck out from the ships’ decks over the sea.
A historian must pick and choose among facts, deciding which ones to put into his or her work, which ones to leave out, and which ones to place at the center of the story. Every historian’s own ideas and beliefs go into the way he or she writes history. In turn, the way history is written can shape the ideas and beliefs of the people who read it. A view of history like Morison’s, a picture of the past that sees Columbus and others like him as great sailors and discoverers, but says almost nothing about their genocide, can make it seem as though what they did was right.
But as word spread among the Indians, the Spaniards found more and more empty villages. When they got to Haiti, they found that the sailors left behind at the fort were dead. The sailors had roamed the island in gangs looking for gold, taking women and children as slaves, until the Indians had killed them in a battle. Columbus’s men searched Haiti for gold, with no success. They had to fill up the ships returning to Spain with something, so in 1495 they went on a great slave raid. Afterward, they picked five hundred captives to send to Spain.
A Young People's History of the United States. Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn