A Different Mirror for Young People. A History of by Rebecca Stefoff

By Rebecca Stefoff

A longtime professor of Ethnic experiences on the collage of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was once well-known as one of many premier students of yank ethnic historical past and variety. whilst the 1st variation of A Different replicate was released in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it "a very good revisionist heritage of the USA that's prone to develop into a vintage of multicultural stories" and named it one of many ten top books of the yr. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who tailored Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's heritage of the us for more youthful readers, turns the up-to-date 2008 variation of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A assorted reflect for Young People.

Drawing on Takaki's substantial array of basic resources, and staying actual to his personal phrases every time attainable, A Different replicate for youngsters brings ethnic background alive in the course of the phrases of individuals, together with children, who recorded their reviews in...

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The original inhabitants were joined by people who were pushed from their homelands by poverty and persecution, or pulled to a new land by their dreams. Others came here in chains from Africa, and still others fled as refugees from wars in countries like Vietnam and Afghanistan. All of them were part of the making of multicultural America, a process that began when Europeans first landed on American shores. One Story, Many Songs One of the greatest achievements of American industry in the nineteenth century was the transcontinental railroad.

By 1629 the goal of the English in Virginia was no longer to civilize or educate the Indians. ” New England Turns Indians into Demons John Smith had sailed north from Virginia in 1616 to explore the New England coast. ” Indeed, the Native Americans of the New England coast—the Wampanoag, Pequot, Narragansett, and others—were farmers. They grew corn, beans, and pumpkins, and they planted groves of chestnut and hickory trees to supply their communities with nuts. This way of life brought them into competition with the English Pilgrims who founded a colony at Plymouth Rock in 1620, and then with the Puritans who soon settled on Massachusetts Bay.

To reinforce this social separation, the English outlawed marriage between the Irish and their colonizers. The new world order was to be one of English over Irish. The Irish also became targets of English violence, especially during the Nine Years’ War, which began in 1594. “Nothing but fear and force can teach duty and obedience to such rebellious people,” the invaders insisted. The English burned Irish villages and crops, moving the people onto reservations. Whole families were slaughtered, but the English justified their actions by saying that the families provided support for the rebels.

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