Essays on Colonization in A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn Book Report/Review

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The paper "Colonization in A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn" is an excellent example of a book review on history. The two chapters under discussion explain colonization: direct and indirect and of two different continents but by people from the same continent but who had different motives. The first chapter explains colonization of America (an indirect account of how it started) by Christopher Columbus. Columbus’ colonization on the Arawak was indirect and purely by accident but nevertheless he mistreated them (Zinn 19). The same chapter also provides examples of how other Europeans from different European countries also came to America after its discovery by Columbus and they started also colonizing the other Indians who were there mostly the Iroquois trying to change their ways of life and culture.

They managed to disrupt their native culture leaving animosity behind (Johnston 29). Chapter though different is similar too. The colonization, in this case, is on the African countries happened in the same way where the Europeans wanted goods from Africa and they, therefore, enslaved them and brought back others as slaves with them and selling them in America to the white wealthy people to be their slaves and servants (Pickett and Dwayne 15). Those not taken as slaves were colonized.

The Europeans in the different African countries used different methods to try and enlighten the African with their “ superior” culture making them abandon their cultures and other traditions because they were not good enough including their education and religious beliefs. Discuss why the author chose the title of the chapter. The titles of the two chapters: “ Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress” and “ Drawing the Color Line” are in line with the explanations being provided within the chapter and they act as a sort of guideline of what the reader should expect is discussed within the chapters.

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