Ap History Essay

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Zinn Questions – A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Chapter 1 – Columbus, the Indians and Human Purpose 1. According to Zinn, what is the main purpose for writing A Peoples History of the United States? * Zinns purpose for writing this book is because he wants to tell the various point of views of the common people. 2. What is Zinns thesis for pages 1-11? * Zinns thesis for the first eleven pages is to tell/ describe events the way they happened. He starts with Columbus but he doesn’t complement him for being a hero but as a fake. He described him as he was. 3. According to Zinn, how is Columbus portrayed in traditional history books? * Columbus was portrayed as a hero, a peaceful explorer,
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12. Discuss the significance of powhatans statement, “Why will you take by force what you may have quietly by love?” * This was a statement given by a dying Powhantan Indian. He asks questions to John smith, questioning him on the things he’s done to them for supplies and shelter. “Why will you take by force what you may have quietly by love?’ this statement is telling john smith that he doesn’t need to take anything because they would give it to him. He if family to them. But once he starts taking by force they have no other choice but to do onto his people as they did onto them. 13. Explain Governor John Winthrop’s legal and biblical justification for seizing Indian island. * John Winthrop created an excuse to take Indian island by declaring the area legally a “vacuum.” The Indians he said had not “subdued” the land, and therefore had only a “natural” right to it, but not a “civil” right. The Puritans also appealed to the bible, Psalms 2:8, and Romans 13:2. 14. Explain the main tactic of warfare used by the English against the Indians. * The main tactic of warfare was to capture and kill the weak which were the children and women the tribes. They killed the ones that were unable to fight. 15. According to Roger Williams how did the English usually justify their attacks in the Indians? * I was a “drive” for the things they wanted. Roger Williams said It was, “a depraved appetite after the great vanities, dreams and shadows of

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