American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

David E. Stannard

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 USA persisted an endless firestorm of violence. in the course of that point the local inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere declined via as many as a hundred million humans. certainly, as historian David E. Stannard argues during this wonderful new booklet, the ecu and white American destruction of the local peoples of the Americas was once the main mammoth act of genocide within the historical past of the world.

Stannard starts off with a portrait of the large richness and variety of existence within the Americas ahead of Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the trail of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and principal and South the United States, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and eventually out around the nice Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard finds that at any place Europeans or white americans went, the local humans have been stuck among imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, as a rule 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 old eu and Christian attitudes towards intercourse, race, and struggle, he unearths the cultural floor prepared through the top of the center a long time for the centuries-long genocide crusade that Europeans and their descendants launched--and in areas proceed to wage--against the hot World's unique population. Advancing a thesis that's bound 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 really is an ideology that is still dangerously alive this day, he provides, and one who in recent times 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 certain, American Holocaust is a piece of impassioned scholarship that's sure to ignite excessive old and ethical debate.

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