By George Novack

ISBN-10: 0873484657

ISBN-13: 9780873484657

A historic materialist research of the genocide opposed to local americans, the yankee Revolution, the Civil conflict, the increase of business capitalism, and the 1st wave of the struggle for women's rights.

Index. Now with enlarged variety.

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Neither singly nor in combination could the natives do more than delay the onward march of their white adversaries. Their history is essentially a record of one long retreat across the continent under the onslaught of the conquerors. The French had more harmonious relations with the Indians than the English, primarily because of differences in their economic aims and activities. Except for the Quebec habitants, the French were mainly engaged in hunting and trading; they did not covet the Indian lands but sought to maintain favorable trade relations with the tribes.

The pattern of robbery, violence, debauchery, and trickery was fixed by the Spaniards as early as the landings of Columbus. In their lust for gold, Columbus and his men depopulated Hispaniola. Through overwork, abuse, starvation, despair, and disease, the original population of the island dwindled from 300,000 in 1492 to an actual count of 60,000 in 1508. Only 500 survived by 1548. The same story was repeated on the mainland of North America time and again during the next four hundred years by the Dutch, the English, the French, and the Americans.

As the subsequent conquests of Mexico and Peru demonstrated, nothing sufficed to quench their thirst for the precious metals. Although Sir Walter Raleigh and other English colonizers hoped to emulate Cortez and the Pizarros, they found no ancient civilizations on the North Atlantic coasts to plunder. Their conquest of the Indians, although inspired by similar sordid motives, was conducted along somewhat different lines. The traders cheated and debauched the natives; the settlers seized their hunting grounds and massacred the tribes; the governments incited one band of Indians against another while destroying the rights and freedom of all.

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