Finally a Great Book!

21 08 2009

Finally found something I can use for my class.  I must have skimmed about 20 or so books in preparation for my course at city and none come close to doing justice to U.S. History prior to European arrival than this book.

It will be a great addition for my class that starts on Monday, U.S. History From a Chicano Perspective.

I may create another blog with my students writings on their responses to the readings in the class.

FYI I will also be teaching Chicano Culture at 5:20pm at City College if anyone is interested.  I believe both classes are full, but the night course will be easier to get into.

Here is a short quote from the book that I just read, to give you a glimpse of the direction the author takes

“The Eurocentric racial contempt for the indigenous peoples of North and South America, as well as Africa, … is now so complete and second nature to most Americans that it has passed into popular lore and common knowledge…  All that is required, once the model is established, is the recitation of rote learning as it passes from one uncritical generation to the next” (Stannard, 13)



One response

22 08 2009

Another interesting quote from this book, FYI this was read to them in Spanish!, whenever the Conquerors came across native people,

“I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their Highnesses. We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as Their Highnesses may command. And we shall take your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord and resist and contradict him.”

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