By David E. Stannard
For 400 years--from the 1st Spanish attacks opposed to the Arawak humans of Hispaniola within the 1490s to the U.S. Army's bloodbath of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee within the 1890s--the indigenous population of North and South the United States persevered an endless firestorm of violence. in the course of that point the local inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere declined through as many as a hundred million humans. certainly, as historian David E. Stannard argues during this attractive new e-book, the ecu and white American destruction of the local peoples of the Americas was once the main great act of genocide within the historical past of the world.
Stannard starts with a portrait of the large richness and variety of lifestyles within the Americas sooner than Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the trail of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and significant and South the US, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and at last out around the nice Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard unearths that anywhere Europeans or white americans went, the local humans have been stuck among imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, ordinarily leading to the annihilation of ninety five percentage in their populations. what sort of humans, he asks, do such horrendous issues to others? His hugely provocative resolution: Christians. Digging deeply into historical ecu and Christian attitudes towards intercourse, race, and struggle, he unearths the cultural floor ready through the top of the center a while for the centuries-long genocide crusade that Europeans and their descendants launched--and in areas proceed to wage--against the hot World's unique population. Advancing a thesis that's guaranteed to create a lot controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the yankee Holocaust drew at the similar ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. it's an ideology that is still dangerously alive at the present time, he provides, and person who in recent times has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale army intervention in Southeast Asia and the center East.
At as soon as sweeping in scope and meticulously precise, American Holocaust is a piece of impassioned scholarship that's sure to ignite severe old and ethical debate.