On this Indigenous Peoples Day, we hear from historian Howard Zinn who wrote extensively about Columbus’ so-called discovery of the Americas. Today Zinn examines the occupation of Iraq, the role of the media in the build-up to war and the historical role of dissent in the United States.
Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. Groups across the country today are holding anti-Columbus Day protests.
In Denver protesters are planning to gather at the state capitol to protest what they describe as the Colombian legacy of war, racism, intolerance and violence.
In Hawaii, Indigenous Peoples Day and Anti-Discoverers Day events have been organized.
And other anti-Columbus Day events are scheduled throughout the country.
For many people, the true story behind Christopher Columbus would not be known if it were not for historian Howard Zinn who chronicled Columbus’s so-called discovery of the Americas in his book, People’s History of the United States.
Zinn attempts to tell the story of Columbus through the eyes of people who were here when he arrived, the people Columbus called “Indians” because he thought he was in Asia. And he relied heavily on primary documents and Columbus’ own writing that put Columbus in a far different light than many history textbooks.
Zinn quotes one letter from Columbus that reads, ” They would make fine servants. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
In another journal entry, Columbus wrote, “From here one might send, in the name of Holy Trinity, as many slaves as could be sold…”
Well today we are going to hear a recent talk by Howard Zinn on the invasion of Iraq, the Patriot Act and the Bush administration.
- Howard Zinn, professor and author of People’s History of the United States among other books.