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Howard Zinn Essay

  • Submitted by: JohanRodriguez1
  • on April 16, 2015
  • Category: History
  • Length: 987 words

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                Throughout American history there have been many events in where obedience caused more terrible problems than disobedience did. This quote by Howard Zinn, “Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience but from obedience” sums up how disobedience has caused major difficulties in the past. Obedience has resulted in war, genocide and slavery before the Civil War era such as Columbus’ conquest for new lands, enslavement of Africans, the founding fathers push for war, and conflicts with Native Americans, as well as after the Civil War era such as the 20th century imperialism, World War efforts, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror.
                Before the Civil War era, Columbus’ conquests for new lands lead to the genocide and enslavement of Arawak people who were obedient towards Columbus and his men. This quote from Howard Zinn, “Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead” (Zinn, 6). This quote explains how brutal the Spaniards were towards the Arawaks, while the Arawaks were obedient and listened to the Spaniards. Even though the Arawaks tried to help the Spaniards to find gold, they were painfully murdered and imprisoned. Enslavement of Africans was also a situation in which the people who were obedient got punishments. Zinn writes “The system was psychological and physical at the same time. The slaves were taught discipline, were impressed again and again with the idea of their own inferiority to "know their...

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