American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New by David E. Stannard PDF

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By David E. Stannard

For 400 years--from the 1st Spanish attacks opposed to the Arawak humans of Hispaniola within the 1490s to the U.S. Army's bloodbath of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee within the 1890s--the indigenous population of North and South the US continued an never-ending firestorm of violence. in the course of that point the local inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere declined through as many as a hundred million humans. certainly, as historian David E. Stannard argues during this attractive new booklet, the eu and white American destruction of the local peoples of the Americas used to be the main enormous act of genocide within the heritage of the world.

Stannard starts off with a portrait of the big richness and variety of existence within the Americas sooner than Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the trail of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and valuable and South the United States, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and at last out around the nice Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard unearths that anywhere Europeans or white americans went, the local humans have been stuck among imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, in general leading to the annihilation of ninety five percentage in their populations. what sort of humans, he asks, do such horrendous issues to others? His hugely provocative resolution: Christians. Digging deeply into historic ecu and Christian attitudes towards intercourse, race, and conflict, he reveals the cultural floor organized through the tip of the center a long time for the centuries-long genocide crusade that Europeans and their descendants launched--and in locations proceed to wage--against the recent World's unique population. Advancing a thesis that's certain to create a lot controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the yankee Holocaust drew at the comparable ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. it's an ideology that is still dangerously alive at the present time, he provides, and person who lately has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale army intervention in Southeast Asia and the center East.

At as soon as sweeping in scope and meticulously designated, American Holocaust is a piece of impassioned scholarship that's guaranteed to ignite extreme old and ethical debate.

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