By David E. Stannard

ISBN-10: 0195085574

ISBN-13: 9780195085570

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 persisted an endless 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 wonderful ebook, the eu and white American destruction of the local peoples of the Americas used to be the main great act of genocide within the historical past of the world.

Stannard starts off with a portrait of the large richness and variety of lifestyles within the Americas ahead of Columbus’s fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the trail of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and vital 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 finds that anyplace Europeans or white american citizens went, the local humans have been stuck among imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, in most cases 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 battle, he unearths the cultural flooring organized by way of the top 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 guaranteed to create a lot controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the yank Holocaust drew at the related ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. it's an ideology that continues to be dangerously alive this present day, he provides, and one 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 targeted, American Holocaust is a piece of impassioned scholarship that's sure to ignite excessive ancient and ethical debate.

“A best suited antidote to these many books on American Indian coverage that have a tendency to disregard the realities of the subject.” —Journal of yank Ethnic History

“Superb scholarship and compellingly obtainable presentation.” —Professor Benjamin R. Tong, Ph.D., California Institute of critical Studies

American Holocaust is a considerable addition to the library of injustice towards American Natives....From a moral perspective, works akin to Stannard’s are essential to counterbalance the ethnocentricities of earlier ancient works on Natives. From a tutorial viewpoint, the publication is an interdisciplinary monument. the writer has taken a big volume of knowledge and utilized modern anthropological, demographic, and ancient concepts to synthesize a complete piece of scholarship. American Holocaust will offer a desireble textbook for college kids at either the graduate and undergraduate degrees. eventually, students of Indian-white relatives from numerous disciplines will locate the ebook a worthwhile source by way of procedure and content.” —Samuel R. cook dinner, American Indian Quarterly

“An very important paintings that may have [Stannard] canonized via a few and pillored by way of others by means of the top of the Quincentennial 12 months. it's the fabricated from vast analyzing within the very important assets, years of thinking about, and fury at what Europe hath wrought in America....His convincing declare is that what occurred was once the worst demographic catastrophe within the background of our species, that outdated international ailments and previous global brutality diminished the variety of Indians tremendously and drove away many local American peoples over the edge of extinction. How convincing are his proof and reasoning? Very, i'm unsatisfied to say....Nothing may be performed to enhance the previous, yet we will a minimum of face it. David Stannard insists that we do.” —Alfred Crosby, The Boston Sunday Globe

“Offers a much-needed counterbalance to centuries of romantic confabulation in regards to the explorer.” —The la Times

“Honest, genuine, painful, strong, inspiring!” —Zaher Wahab, Lewis and Clark College

“Vivid and incessant, combining an impressive array of fundamental assets with meticulous analysis—a devastating reassessment of the Conquest as not anything under a holy war.” —Kirkus Reviews

“We have to be reminded, many times, of what Stannard speaks of as ‘the treasure of a unmarried life.’ Stannard provides us a good evaluate of contemporary literature and a rousing, potent name to outline our terms,‘racism,’ ‘genocide,’ and use them to explain what occurred and nonetheless happens.” —Ellen Nore, Southern Illinois college, Edwardsville

“A interesting e-book, drastically extraordinary in its learn and fascinating in its style....Puts the Columbus tale in philosophical and old standpoint. extra, it makes connections with our personal time that are unsettling and profoundly important.” —Howard Zinn, writer of A People’s background of the United States

“A shattering consciousness is introduced domestic: the German holocaust was once no longer exact in historical past. there's a holocaust in our American earlier. We owe it to its sufferers, and to our personal destiny, to mirror on Stannard’s cruel book.” —Hans Koning, writer of Columbus: His Enterprise

“In a completely documented narrative, David Stannard demolishes a rating of ancient myths, and turns American Holocaust right into a searing account of what occurred within the Americas after the coming of Columbus. it's a stirring and troubling book.” —Dee Brown, writer of Bury My middle at Wounded Knee

“A landmark of valuable remembering, American Holocaust acutely dissects the demons riding the eu invaders and offers the main compelling resolution but to the scary query of what it was once wish to be ‘discovered.’” —Richard Drinnon, writer of Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building

“The publication to learn to appreciate the final years. Stannard has courageously documented the preliminary and carrying on with genocide of natives of the western hemisphere in an irrefutable and convincing manner.” —Vine Deloria, Jr., writer of God is Red and Custer Died to your Sins

“A scholarly assemblage of articulate, soaking up facts.” —KLIATT

“A a lot wanted corrective to the centuries of heroizing concerning the impression of ecu enlargement and colonization at the New international. not anyone can learn this booklet and never be embarrassed about the Janus face of the West’s cultural and spiritual roots!” —Dr. Thomas B. Andersen, St. Michael’s collage

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Howland was in his midtwenties and strong, and when his hand found the halyard, he gripped the rope with such feral desperation that even though he was pulled down more than They Knew They Were Pilgrims 33 ten feet below the ocean’s surface, he never let go. Several sailors took up the halyard and hauled Howland back in, finally snagging him with a boat hook and dragging him up onto the deck. When Bradford wrote about this incident more than a decade later, John Howland was not only alive and well, but he and his wife, Elizabeth, were on their way to raising ten children, who would, in turn, produce an astounding eighty-eight grandchildren.

It is deeply ironic that the document many consider to mark the beginning of what would one day be called the United States came from a people who had more in common with a cult than a democratic society. It was true that Pastor Robinson had been elected by the congregation. But once he’d been chosen, Robinson’s power and position had never been in doubt. More a benevolent dictator than a democratically elected official, Robinson had shrewdly and compassionately nurtured the spiritual well-being of his congregation.

A census of the congregation revealed that only about 125 people (a third of their total number) would be departing for the New World, with the rest to follow soon after. Pastor Robinson, it was decided, would stay for now in Leiden with the majority of his flock, with Elder Brewster attending to the religious needs of those in America. As the Pilgrims prepared to depart in the spring of 1620, Weston’s true nature began to reveal itself. He now claimed that circumstances had changed, making it necessary to adjust the original agreement.

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