Perspectives on Columbus and His World

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01/21/2011

Perspectives on Columbus and his World

1.What the point is Zinn making about Morrison and the writing of history?

(1) At first, the Zinn mentioned that Morrion was the most distinguished write on Columbus. After that, he gave us a example about how Morrison describe the Columbus. He explained that according the Morrison’ description, he refuses to lie about the Columbus. He also does not omit the story of mass murder. However, the Zinn has his own view about how Morrion describe the Columbus which is he mentions the truth about mass murder very quickly and goes on to other things. So, what he thought about the Morrison is that outright lying or quiet omission takes the risk of discovery which, when made might arouse the reader to rebel the write and historian can’t avoid emphasis of some facts and not of others.

(2) Zinn’s viewpoint, in telling the history of the United States, is different: that we must not accept the memory of state as our own.

2. Relationship of these reading excerpt to “Myth & Memory”

In Samuel Elliot Morrison’s Admiral of the Ocean, the view of Columbus is more like an official version of Columbus. And the essay even gave me a feeling that a powerful patriotic myth if we according to the “Myth & Memory”. On the other hand, Zinn’s peoples’ “History of the United States” provided a argument with Morrison’ view of Columbus, and emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past. This idea is similar to idea of “Myth & Memory” “We still need history – but a history with all its warts and blemishes that does not yield to nationalistic morality plays of good and evil.”

3. What stood out for you in each reading? What do you learn about Columbus and his world from each reading?

(1) From “Letter Concerning a Recently Discovered Island”, the most stood out things for me is that Columbus built a great friendship with Indian and the Indian treat me as a brother. I learned...
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