Analysis Of Zinn 's ' The Battle Of The Underdog '

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He wanted to present the history from the point of view of the common people, rather than from the point of view of historians or politicians. "Zinn 's main purpose for writing his book is...not to be on the side of the executioners, but to shed light on the side of the various people and cultures who were ignored or deleted from history lessons. In other words, Zinn wants to tell the story of the underdog, the men and women who have been hidden in between the spoken and written words of others." According to Zinn, other books portray Columbus as almost a holy character who was brave enough to trek towards uncharted waters, risking his life to go into the unknown. There were actually hints that Columbus may have been Jewish and the date that he left on his voyage was the day that Spain decided to expel all non-Christians from within its borders after finally driving the Moors off of Iberia earlier in 1492. Zinn believes that history is the memory of the People. The Spanish Civil War was an interesting story in history, the fascists won the war and yet their state didn 't write the history of it, the people did, which in turn brought an end to fascism in Spain. Zinn suggests that one reason early reason why Columbus oppressed indigenous people was out of fear of "the other." In landing in what he thought to be India, Columbus initially feared those who were there, believing that they stood in the way of his conquest and eventual glory. It is in this where the…
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