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Unformatted text preview: Matthew Zagelbaum Response Page #1 While Menchaca raises interesting points citing the construction of racism from the mid-late 1500s on, I feel she should have gone back further in time to Medieval Spain. The roots of racism may not have started then, but the ideals certainly trace back to that era of the feudal system. Wasnt it the feudal system that declared some were (for lack of a better term) more important than others? From birth it was decided whether you were an heir to the throne, a servant, or somewhere in between. While that may not be distinction on race, it definitely brings out the same sentiments that one person is better than another for no other reason than the family he/she was born into. Think about Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. While I realize that Saavedras work is completely fictional and comedic, it still raises the point that...
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course MAP 101 taught by Professor Mitsis during the Fall '07 term at NYU.
- Fall '07