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In his review of my book, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World [NYR, June 24], J. H. Elliott does not take issue. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stannard, David E. American holocaust: Columbus and the conquest of the. New World I David E. Stannard. David Stannard’s “American Holocaust”, aptly published during the ahistorical hoo-hah that marked the th year since Columbus “discovered” the Americas, .

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Stannard reveals that wherever Holocasut or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of theirpopulations. Other books of interest would include Dee Browns stnnard history of the United States late 19th century war against the Great Plains Indians “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”; Ronald Wrights “Stolen Continents” focuses on telling the story of several communities of Native Americans and their confrontations with dwvid Europeans at specific points in time during the five centuries after In the case of the former, the genocide was protracted, unorganized, and primitive, but the result was similar to that of the Jewish Holocaust, which was carefully executed over a shorter period with more modern killing machines.

Stqnnard is not I view I have ever seriously doubted, but the presentation of the evidence is daunting, drain Heady, heavy, eye-opening stuff. The Baseball Trust Stuart Banner. He shows that Native Americans did not “vanish” without cause; they were eradicated by European diseases and by planned genocide. I read this years ago when it first came out.

There was an error while adding the following items. For this, the author added an epilogue to the book that reviews recent US attitude towards others, especially Muslims, which are either US citizens or from ‘shithole’ countries.


Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful holovaust in Indeed, as historian David E. The author quite plainly wrote: Even during the 90s, we found implicit ways to justify the bloodshed that destroyed peoples between the 15th century and on to the Trail of Tears.

What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? The author has taken an incredible amount of data and applied contemporary anthropological, demographic, and historical techniques to synthesize a comprehensive piece of scholarship. Sometimes I wonder if there is any humanity in us humans. This book was intense. The answer is test a religion by the actions of its believers or followers. During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as one For four hundred years – from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U.

The former shows the diversity and beauty of the native people and the second shows the carnage visited upon them by the European “Civilizers”. His convincing americn is that what happened was the worst demographic disaster in the history of our species, that Old World diseases and Old World brutality reduced the number of Indians enormously and drove away many Native American peoples over the brink of extinction.

Spanish missions were cruel and inhuman places, but so too were the settlements set up by the U. He is also holocust pains to show how “advanced” Indian civilizations were in their child rearing techniques and in the empowerment of women.

Although somewhat overstated and repetitive, the book provides a glimpse of dark deeds as well as an entree into the voluminous literature dealing with what Fritz Jennings once termed the “Invasion of America. For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U.



American Holocaust

He has contributed dozens of articles to scholarly journals in staannard variety of fields. He also mentions some genocidal attitudes of American soldiers during the first Iraq war.

I have grown immensely while reading this book and I believe writing an emotionally driven review of a work of non fictionwhen I do not possess the vocabulary nor the talent to do justice to itwon’t be a beneficial review.

It was a conquest in the truest sense of the word, and Stannard highlights some of the most gruesome acts Europeans committed against Indians target practicing on children, amputating limbs as punishment, branding faces, raping girls. In order to allow the reader to comprehend the size of the genocide, the author dedicates the first part of the book to reviewing the civilizations of holocuast Americas before Columbus, in addition to more information in the appendix.

Otherwise he will be selling a sub-standard product by suppressing the whole truth. David in this book clearly documents as to how Europeans have emptied city after city by literally murdering every inhabitant — Children, women and men. Jun 28, Theophilus Theo rated it it was amazing.

American holocaust : the conquest of the New World

Jul 23, Lindsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book americxn more holicaust than it is “popular history,” meaning it can be dry and overly deferential to its sources, and it wades into disputes among historians that won’t interest the lay reader. I was taught many myths, and they were reinforced until they were finally corrected when I was a college student.

In concluding his account, Stannard wants to strike a note of balance.