Indians and Human Progress

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In this second discussion I want you to focus on the chapter by Howard Zinn, “Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress.”

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Reflect on what you learned in this module and write an essay response to one of the following questions:

  1. What is “that special powerful drive born in civilizations based on private property” that Howard Zinn describes in “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress”? How will the issue of private property shape the ongoing battle between the Euro-Americans and the indigenous peoples of North America?
  2. Howard Zinn once wrote that “Profit was the driving force behind Columbus’ expedition and behind his actions after he landed.” From the chapter, “Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress” what evidence can you find to support this statement? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  3. Do you think the actions of Columbus and other Spanish explorers referred to in this chapter and the writings of Las Casas can be defined as acts of genocide? How and why?

In addition to the Zinn reading, include at least two other resources from the Module.

  • 200 word minimum
  • reply to two of your classmates’ comments.

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