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June 20th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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I am reading a relatively new book titled 1491 about the history of the Americas pre-Columbus. I'm finding it really fascinating! Has anybody read it?

A lot of it is presenting new theories, so nothing absolutely proven... still, suddenly I'm not sure how comfortable I am with a lot of the books we have for the children about Native Americans.
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June 20th, 2007, 06:54 PM
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I've never heard of it. As I learn more I get kind of mad about accepted stuff about various things. So much of generally accepted "knowledge" really isn't all that true.

I just put it on hold at the library
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June 20th, 2007, 07:43 PM
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Oh, good. Then when you read it we can discuss. I've always loved to talk about the books I read, and I'm probably boring DH to death about it.
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June 21st, 2007, 07:40 AM
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I haven't, but my husband has. I bought it for him for Father's Day last year I think. I'll have to dig it out of the bookcase and take a look at it myself.

If you're looking for a very interesting and very disturbing account of American History, take a look at A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Now that's an eye-opener!
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June 21st, 2007, 09:17 AM
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I'm sure I would like the book. I have read alot about that era and how things evolved from the time the Native Americans arrived until the civil war. There are two sides to the dynamics between the Europeans and Native Americans. Yes, they were treated very badly at times, but they were also spoiled with all kinds of goods in exchange for something very easily obtained by them....furs. Many of the "white" men catered to them and sought to form relationships with their tribes. These are the things that you don't read about much. Also, there were many incidents where the Native Americans turned on the white men too....it goes both ways. I'm not making excuses for either side...it was a long, hard battle for power with the Native Americans losing so much, but there is way more to the history than is sometimes portrayed. I need to get that book!
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June 21st, 2007, 09:20 AM
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Very true, Sherri. History is written by the victors and they really can (and do) write however they want!
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June 21st, 2007, 05:02 PM
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Another book that is a good example of people writing history the way they want it is "Red River" by Latita Tademy. It is based on the "Colfax Riot". While some view it as a riot, there are others who saw it as a massacre. The book is very well written, as was her other book, "Cane River". I love her stuff!
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I have it requested and I will tell you what I think.
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