Columbus, The Indians And Human Progress Summary

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While David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen’s account of Christopher Columbus’s discovery is told with an original approach telling the story from the standpoint of the Europeans, Howard Zinn’s Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress, tells the story using an unconventional method, telling from the viewpoint of the Arawak Indians. Zinn talks about the violent acts of Christopher Columbus and the Spaniards and alludes to the Black Legend being semi-accurate, yet Kennedy and Cohen discuss how the Black Legend isn’t really a correct description of the Spaniards, as they built colossal empires that deserve acknowledgement and respect. Mr. Zinn also implements his opinion throughout the chapter, saying: “Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest” and “in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people… not to be on the side of the executioners.” On the contrary, Ms. Cohen and Mr. Kennedy do not implement their opinion, they only tell the story how it happened. While both New World Beginnings, written by David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen, and Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress, written by Howard Zinn provide persuasive accounts of the discovery of America, I find New World Beginnings to be more persuasive. New World Beginnings was much more specific with the timeline and dates of what occurred during Columbus’s

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