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Columbus Day Topics

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  • Today is Columbus Day, the day Americans are supposed to celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called New World. But some have renamed this day Indigenous People’s Day to shed light on how Columbus’s voyage led to the destruction of Indian life and culture on this continent through brutal violence, colonization, disease, enslavement and rape. In recent years, a handful of historians have deconstructed the myth of...
    October 14, 1996 | Story
  • The leader of the movement to look at history from the perspective of people of color and the powerless in our society is Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to the Present. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we now bring you an excerpt of a speech by Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]
    October 14, 1996 | Story