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1. Zinn's purpose for writing A People's History of the United States is to write about American history from the viewpoint of the people, and not from the rich or the men that made the decisions, but from the people who lived through those decisions and whose lives were affected. His purpose is not to make the people who were in charge look bad, but to see what they did from all perspectives. 2. Zinn's thesis for pages 1 to 11 is to tell the arrival of Columbus as it really happened from the point of view of the Indians. He doesn't try to hide the things that Columbus and other Europeans did to the Indians and talks about how the Indians were not inferior as the Europeans had thought they were. 3. In traditional history books Columbus …show more content…

Also, the Puritans appealed to the Bible (Psalms 2:8) to justify taking the land because God had allowed for them to and also had justified their use of force to take the land (Romans 13:2). 8. Zinn attempts to prove the Indians were not inferior by saying how they had developed into egalitarian communities, larger populations, more divisions of labor among men and women and had built irrigation canals, dams, were doing ceramics, weaving baskets, and making cloth out of cotton. A culture known as Moundbuilders had built enormous sculptures out of the earth that were miles long and many other tribes had tool makers, potters, jewelry makers, weavers, copper engravers and saltmakers. The Indians were able to govern themselves by working together and lived in peace with no laws, sheriffs, judges, juries, courts, or jails. Their culture was complex, and although they did not have a written language they kept their history going orally with song and dance and their relations among men women and children were more beautifully worked out than probably any other place in the world. Chapter 2 1. According to Zinn, the root of racism in America has to do with the culture back in Europe before 1600. In England before 1600 the Oxford English Dictionary

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