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First non-native settlers were African slaves left by the Spanish after a failed settlement attempt (1526) Massacred French protestants who settled briefly in Florida (1565) Spanish settled in Mexico (Late 1500’s) to explore new regions with religious motivation. Much of the west from SF to Arkansas has been Spanish longer than it’s been American Introduced vocabulary, cattle, sheep pigs, horses Story of 1620 also Omits the Dutch who lived in Albany in 1614 Pilgrims were persecuted in England for their religion, so they moved to Holland….. Then America Wrote the Mayflower compact-- forerunner to the constitution apparently-- on their way to america Had a hard time settling at first but then squanto helped them and taught them how to grow corn, hunt, and fish. BUT MANY PEOPLE FORGET HOW THE EUROPEANS BROUGHT THE PLAGUE (Most likely Smallpox). First settlers of the Western Hemisphere didn’t have cows, pigs, horses or goats and the diseases that came with them. There was a scarcity of disease in the Americas till the Europeans brought them Indians actually practiced better Hygiene than the pilgrims. The pilgrims rarely bathed. Started with British and French fishermen who fished on the southern coast of New England and passed it on to people they met. Within 3 years, the plague wiped out between 90 and 96 percent of the inhabitants of coastal New England and devastated the Indian population The English believed that “God was on [their] side” for their colonization On the contrary, Indians lost faith in their gods and even disregarded their religion The British, for their first 50 years in New England, would face no Indian Challenge. The impact of European diseases really helped in the procession of colonization The Native Americans have driven off Europeans before Common belief is that the Pilgrims invited the Indians and gave them their food on Thanksgiving Much of the food given were foods indigenous to Americas Ethnocentrism Ex. White plantation owners take the credit for their work despite their profits coming from black labor Pilgrims did not introduce the tradition of Thanksgiving It was an autumnal harvest for centuries for indigenous people To glorify the Pilgrims is dangerous
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Understanding the real first Thanksgiving can help us grow more tolerant than ethnocentric Society commonly looks at the native Indians as savage when, in fact, the Virginians were in a famine period and reverted to cannibalism. Chapter 7: The Land of Opportunity Examines how high school contributes to students' ignorance about social questions The way some textbooks include on-going issues leaves students assuming labor problems, like slavery, are solved, and that the unions are anachronistic Although the middle class has been steadily shrinking under Reagan/Bush, textbooks maintain the US is a "middle class" country Social class largely determines the quality of one's life.
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