Onward, Christian Soldiers!
The American popular music that we today call "the Blues" is intimately tied to American
Let's remember, however, that "white-washing" is not specific to one particular race, ethnic
background, religious affiliation, etc. You came to the university to learn how to THINK and to
QUESTION . . . . not to confirm what you already know to be "absolutely true." Remember my
father-in-law's favorite saying: "No matter how right you are, you might be wrong."
You've studied this topic in US History classes, you've read textbooks and other materials about
this time in our country's history, and you've seen various portrayals of slaves and plantations on
television and on film -- and you've received both a far-left version of a "white-washed" history
and a far-right version of a "white-washed" history. So, let us attempt to reach a middle ground
using fact and logic.
Yes, the kidnapping of human beings and the selling of these people, as cattle and/or "property,"
really did take place in the "land of the free."
Keep them straight, please! When you think of "Turkey" and "Thanksgiving," you are visualizing
A third group you might wish to compare and contrast with the Pilgrims and the Puritans is the
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
's Evangeline (1847) has become an American classic,
which is based on the events surrounding the 1755 ethnic cleansing of the French settlers from
Nova Scotia. Note that several of the American colonies -- of formerly persecuted Pilgrims and
Puritans -- refused to accept these refugees, many of whom were deported back to France or
England or were simply cast off in open boats to subsequently die of starvation, exposure, or
drowning. Some of these refugees, however, managed to settle in Louisiana, where their
descendants have become known as
The other "big one" by Longfellow is
The Song of
Know these, in order that you may appear literate.
To place the story in historical perspective, we will begin with the
"same" . . . . but different.
Suffice it to say that white people came to this "newly discovered" world -- which is itself a bit
like landing a Boeing 757 at the Paris airport and claiming that one has "discovered" a chunk of
land that can now be divided up among the "discoverer" and his friends -- to escape religious
With politics and "white-washing" aside, what is the first thing that these God-fearing people do?
They kill the Indians!