Essay on When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away

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When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 Megan Prue History 1700 American Civilization- Section 004 Dr. Roger C. Blomquist September 21, 2011 When Jesus Came, The Corn Mothers Went Away gives an in-depth history of the Pueblo Indians before and after the Spanish conquest. It describes the forced changes the Spanish brought to the Indians, and also the changes brought to the Spaniards who came to “civilize” the Indians. The author's thesis is that the Pueblo Indians and other Indians were treated cruelly by the Spanish, who justified their crime by claiming they were civilizing an…show more content…
The fact that the Indians didn't embrace all the changes that took place does not imply foolishness, but rather, stubbornness. The Indians reaction to Spanish conquistadors coming and forcing their religion and their way of life upon them would be expected from almost any culture. One of the weaknesses of this book was the way in which a strong opinion of the author frequently came to the surface. The impression given when reading was one of bias in that the Spanish were wrong to come in and refine everything. This was reflected in the fact that periodically within the book, when the Spanish conquistadors did something to the Indians, it was pointed out how inhumane it was. Yet, when the Indians retaliated in some way, it was quickly pointed out how justified they were. The mentioned advantages that the Indians gained through the Spaniards were infrequent and underdeveloped. One of the weaknesses was the shortcoming in writing. Explanations with dates and statistics shown in charts were hard to follow. Though not always the case, dates already gone over in detail, were revisited with more detail, at the same distant dates were mentioned frequently, making the timeline tremendously confusing. It could have been much better presented. The charts, when present, were often mushed too close together, with short, unclear explanations, making comprehension difficult. This book was heavy

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