Summary Of A People's History Of The United States By Howard Zinn

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A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, starts off in 1492 with the landing of Columbus in the Americas. Zinn describes that he wants to make an account of American history from the side that is not usually told. Zinn wants to show the side of history that isn 't so heroic as some of the books show it to be. With that in mind, chapter one starts off with the native americans and what happened to them because of European expansion. This starts with the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The story usually told is that Columbus shows up, discovers America, and is deemed a hero. Unfortunately, history is not all gold and glory. Zinn describes how the natives swam out to meet Columbus, gave him anything he wanted, and in all, showed …show more content…
The conquerors didn’t care and another people were destroyed. The point is that in a way the Native Americans were much like the Europeans in the sense that they had a complex culture and civilization. The only difference being the Europeans were more greedy, and had the means to get what they wanted, with little opposition from the native people. From the Aztecs to the Iroquois, the natives were killed in what can only be described as a genocide. Entire cultures were destroyed and the rest were left broken to the point where a majority of the natives living in the Americas prior to European involvement was less than half of the original. The native american way of live becoming almost extinct due to the europeans coming to the Americas and taking over. Even the pilgrims, up in Massachusetts, did not enjoy the natives presence. Usually the people today are told of the wonderful relationship the Pilgrims had with the natives. Europeans brought war, diseases like smallpox, and other terrible things to the Americas and to the natives. Yet, people like Columbus are described as heroes in society and history. It all comes down to that famous saying. History is told by the victors. That’s why Zinn wants to tell this story. To show the side that didn’t “win”. Zinn quotes historians and they say what happened here was the cost for human …show more content…
I think Howard Zinn does a great job presenting the facts and the details about historic events. I like how he’s aware that what he is writing about isn 't common knowledge and he’s just trying to inform the reader. I found the true extent of what the Europeans did to the natives appalling and yet fascinating, as I knew that the Europeans did some messed up stuff back then, but never on the scale in which Zinn told. I never knew that the pilgrims went to war with the natives as I’ve always been taught that they had a great friendship between

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