Essay on Howard Zinn Answer Guide

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Reid Thorpe
August 3, 2010
Mr. Sayers

Zinn; Chapter 1:

1.) Howard Zinn’s main purpose for writing A People’s History of the United States is to give history in an un-biased manner. For example, he says that he will not glorify any movement and denounce any ‘bad guy’ in history; he will give information as it should be given. Fairly.

2.) His thesis for the first eleven pages is to describe past events as they happened. Regarding Columbus, Zinn wouldn’t glorify him as a hero, because he wasn’t. He was violent and greedy and would describe him as such.

3.) According to Howard Zinn, Christopher Columbus was wrongly portrayed as a ‘hero’, of sorts. Although he did discover America, there are quite a few significant reasons
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15.) Roger Williams claimed that the brutal methods used by English settlers on the natives were a “necessity” due to the conditions that the English went through, such as deprivation of food and normal living conditions.

16.) Ultimately, the Indians inhabiting North America were pushed to near extinction by the late 1600s. Their population was reduced to fewer than 1,000,000 as opposed to the 10,000,000 strong before the arrival of Columbus.

17.) The statement made means that in order for the human race to make significant progress, sacrifices must be made, but those who are being sacrificed don’t get to decide whether or not sacrifice is necessary. In the context of the first chapter of Zinn’s book, the Indians were the ones being sacrificed, and obviously, they weren’t able to decide whether or not they were to be sacrificed.

18.) Zinn attempts to prove that the Indians were not inferior to the Europeans by showing how they had many social structures, they were civilized, and, in some ways, were more admirable than the Europeans. Zinn even states that “human relations were more egalitarian than in Europe.”

Chapter 2:

1.) The root of slavery in America came from the disposition of those who took over the land of the Indians

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