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Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States, starts off with a story with the journey of Christopher Columbus with the indigenous people of the Carribbean.
Howard Zinn relays that this perspective outlines the behavior of the Europeans as well as the Europeans descendants for centuries to come. The primary factor in the take over or conquest for the new world was idea of exploitation of people, cultural difference, and of resources. The conquerors and the settlers of Europe were very assertive and would use many harsh tactics on people whose perspective did not supports the ideals of mass punishment, labor, or even conquest. (Zinn, p.5)
In Chapter Two, African slave trade was expanded by the Europeans because of their powers.
The slaves didn’t just allow supremacy over them without a fight. By the early 1700’s, there were about 250 reports of African slaves organizing attacks against slave authorities and slave owners. (Zinn p.37) The slave owning organization reiterated the racial differences among Africans and Europeans in order to engrave the idea of white dominance and superiority.
The English colonies had been victim to the economically disadvantages people from the British Isles and other parts such as England and Ireland by the 1730’s.
The rush of poor whites aided to the increasing tensions during the years before the Revolution. This influx of poor whites led to growing tensions in the years before the Revolution. Poor whites in the South could be excluded from advancing up in the social ladder (Zinn, p.47).
The years before the American Revolution were raging for various amounts of reasons. The Colonies began to grow rapidly, and England was in desperate need of Americas’ tax revenue, natural resources, as well as land elites (Zinn, p. 60-62)
Conflict involved among the lower class in the colonies and the elites in the colonies. This conflict began to emerge the idea for movement for independence from Britain. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776. The Declaration of Independence includes the promotion of slavery.
In the 1850’s, slavery became an issue and really reached a boiling point.
Harriet Tubman and her Underground Railroad discovery system helped southern slaves escape to Canada and the North (Zinn, p.171)
Grijalva is a Latin American and possess great concerns on immigration reforms. He believes that while this country has done a great deal to increase defense and security, the government is not trying to help the undocumented people who are in America. Congressman Grijalva speaks about children, who with no fault of their own are now living in the United States, have no possibility for economic prosperity after high school because they are illegal. He mentions the Dream Act which is the solution to helping implement these children into the society, but also mentions how the government is limiting the power of the Dream Act.
Felipe made jokes about growing up in poverty and how it affected him, and although it was funny he was still faced with discrimination. Instead of being called just a comedian Felipe was called a Latino or Mexican Comedian. Without all of this Felipe still embrace his race and states, "I grew up in the Housing projects of Pico Gardens, Aliso Village and Pico Aliso. The only reason I don’t shy of being Mexican is because look at me! I’m not a guero; I’m not light skinned like you! It will be hard for me to say that I’m not Mexican. I don’t have hold a tamal on my hand, people know when they see me."
“Republicans hate Latinos,” was a statement that the Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner, Dolores Huerta, said that not only caused a lot of controversy, but the statement actually led to a law being passed. Huerta made this comment when she was a guest speaker at a classroom to discuss the walkouts that were happening. The comment that Dolores Huerta made seemed like it caused issues in Arizona. The reason was because they tried to fire the teacher of the school and the principal. Following that the state of Arizona legislature passed a law stating that speakers have to be cleared before the can go to school. In response to this action, Republicans quickly took action and immediately tried to protect themselves by attacking Huerta's statement. Many students covered their mouth with duck tape, turned their backs to the Republican speaker, and refused to answer any question in support to Dolores Huerta.
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States: 1492- 2001. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.