Howard Zinn vs Paul Johnson

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Advanced Placement United States History
Summer Assignment 2010
Paul Johnson and Howard Zinn are both famous historians whom are great and entertaining writers. Beside the facts that they see the beginning of America with different views. Howard is extremely honest about his radical bias while Paul Johnson believed that the world was well managed by a few superb individuals. Here are some of their points of views. Howard Zinn covers early Native American civilization in North America and the Bahamas, the genocide and slavery committed by the crew of Christopher Columbus, and the violent colonization by early settlers. While Paul Johnson stated that “the creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures”. Their points of views are completely 2 different stories. A People's History of the United States deals with Columbus' arrival to the West Indie and how the Arawak Indians, swam out to greet the European boats the first time they landed. Zinn cited Christopher Columbus’ reaction to his encounter with the Arawaks 'They would make fine servants. With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People believes that slavery was to become much more profitable. Slavery was there from the beginning, in the life of the man. Even Thomas Jefferson owned and bred slaves. The Spaniards’ main goal was to prove to the royalty back home that the islands were rich and loaded with gold. Columbus took some of the Arawaks back to show the and when he came back, the slavery and punishment on the natives of the West Indies begins. Howard believed in the basic of equivalent exchange, in order to gain something, others must be sacrifice. Along with his second voyage, Columbus took 500 slaves back to Spain to sell them. Paul liked the idea of slavery produced great riches in the first half of the 19th century and the most terrible of all civil wars in the second. Columbus and his...
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