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Red,White,and Black by Gary Nash

A REVIEW OF GARY NASH , RED , WHITE , AND BLACK

CHAPTER 4 , '93CULTURES MEET IN THE NORTHEAST '94 br A good deal of the writing of American history has been staunchly ethno-centric , specifically Euro-centric , presenting the settlement of the New World as the work of good and great Europeans , generally male who brought civilization to lands held by savages who were gradually either civilized or crushed by their white , European benefactors , who happened to bring with them a certain number of black slaves , who are relegated to equally obscure parts of the

glorious (white ) canvas of history .11 . One of the more illustrative bits of maudlin nonsense on America '92s ethnocentric view of itself is a tale of the ringing of the '93Liberty Bell '94 which was actually written in 1847 , creating a colorful but fictitious incident on July 4 , 1776 , on the announcement of the Declaration of Independence , and highlighting a '93flaxen-haired boy , with laughing eyes of summer blue '94 George Lippard Washington and His Generals or Legends of the American Revolution Philadelphia , Pennsylvania : G . B . Zieber , 1847 , quoted in Daniel Boorstin . The National Experience . New York , New York : Random House 1965 , at

. 382 . This view of history is no longer adequate . After World War Two , blacks demanded in America the rights which they had fought to secure in that war .22 . Mary Dudziak . Cold War Civil Rights Race and the Image of American Democracy . Princeton , New Jersey Princeton University Press , 2000 Eric Foner . The Story of American Freedom , New York , New York : W . W . Norton , 1998 . With the acceptance of that view , especially in the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v . Board of Education ,33 . Richard Kugler . Simple Justice : The History of Brown v . Board of Education and Black America 's Struggle for Equality . New York , New York : Alfred A . Knopf , 1976 . the notion of America as a white rang hollow for many people

This has gradually led to a reconsideration and a rewriting of American history , with such notables as Page Smith ,44 . Page Smith . A New Age Now Begins : A People '92s History of the American Revolution . New York New York : McGraw-Hill , 1976 . Howard Zinn ,55 . Howard Zinn . A People '92s History of the United States . New York , New York : Harper Row , 1980 . and Gary Nash .66 . Gary Nash . Red , White and Black Englewood Cliffs , New Jersey : Prentice Hall 1974 . In Red , White , and Black : The Peoples of Early America , Nash offers a powerful antidote the view that white alone civilized the continent . He spends approximately half of his 319 pages detailing the many contributions which the Indians made to the white effort , and detailing the many depredations that the whites visited on the Indians , ranging from diseases to selling them guns and other weapons which greatly intensified the savagery of intertribal wars . He devotes an additional quarter of the book to the tragic importation of large-scale slave labor , which created the terrible racial problem that led to the Civil War and continues to...

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