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From Wilson’s administration, a racist film Birth of a Nation eventually reestablished the KKK Wilson showed little regard for those with a different opinion Heroification occurs in order to “present our nation’s patriots in a way that would honor and respect them” Pressure from the “ruling class,” wish to avoid ambiguities, a desire to shield children from harm, etc are all potential reasons why textbooks might omit troublesome facts Some of these heroes are “too good to be real,” so students end up poking fun at them. There are difficult role models to follow because they lack the human qualities that everyone has. Chapter 2 Christopher Columbus presented as first great hero Not much of Columbus’ journey is known. He was the last to discover a “new” continent, but Europe’s response to his voyage made him important. Textbooks tend to leave out advances in military, notably an arms race that we still are in today The Western countries keep smaller countries from buying advanced weaponry Europed expanded the use of new forms of technology- bureaucracy, bookkeeping, and mechanical printing. This allowed Columbus’s findings to travel across Europe faster the news of the Vikings’ own expeditions of America. An important development in Europe was ideological or even theological: amassing wealth and dominating other people came to be positively valued as the key means of winning esteem on earth and salvation in the hereafter. Columbus went on his voyage to find gold. Europeans believed in a transportable proselytizing religion that rationalized conquest. Their conscience were satisfied by offering the Indians (or anyone they conquer) a chance to convert to Christianity. Also, Europeans quickly learned that conquest led to great wealth. Textbooks are written for the descendants of European, making them think they are richer and more powerful because they’re smarter There may have been African or Phoenician explorations, as indicated by giant monuments depicting important people. However, like previous explorations, they are largely ignored or underplayed. Columbus’ own voyage was exaggerated. Ex: bad weather, inefficient ships, crew threatening mutiny
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The Arawaks resisted Columbus’ tyranny, starting a war between the two sides. The Spanish won due to their abundance of resources. Columbus started a trans-Atlantic slave trade. Took aggression out on natives because he could not find gold Indian slavery was popular until the natives started to die, this caused the slave trade to shift to Africa 9. Name: Walden Reading: Loewen 3 +7 & Film: The Take [Lecture] Summary: Chapter 3: The First Thanksgiving Loewen is pissed that his students think the founding and settlement of the United States was in 1620 He would’ve hoped that they said 30,000 BCE or some pre-columbian date Claims that the origin myth of the First Thanksgiving is bullshit
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