Americas Revolutionary Heritage by George Novack

By George Novack

A old materialist research of the genocide opposed to local american citizens, the yankee Revolution, the Civil warfare, the increase of commercial capitalism, and the 1st wave of the struggle for women's rights.

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Their defeats brought death or enslavement to the Indians, expulsion from the tribal territories, and distribution of their land to the whites. " Shouldn't its president show more respect for the historical origins of his own state and for the deeds of his Pilgrim ancestors? The same predatory policy was duplicated in the other colonies-and no less vigorously prosecuted after they secured independence. An itinerant preacher, Peter Cartwright, testifies in his autobiography concerning the conquest of Kentucky: "Kentucky was claimed by no particular tribe of Indians, but was regarded as a common hunting ground by the various tribes, east, west, north and south.

Their vanguard in Kansas who challenged the slave power were the forerunners of the farmers who filled the Union armies in the Civil War. The agrarian Populists conducted stubborn struggles against the tyranny of the plutocrats in the last part of the nineteenth century. These memorable precedents prefigure how the toilers on the land, whether small owners, sharecroppers, or wageworkers, are bound to assert their presence and power as the oppressionsand depressions-of monopoly capitalism drive them to seek a new road.

In their lust for gold, Columbus and his men depopulated Hispaniola. Through overwork, abuse, starvation, despair, and disease, the original population of the island dwindled from 300,000 in 1492 to an actual count of 60,000 in 1508. Only 500 survived by 1548. The same story was repeated on the mainland of North America time and again during the next four hundred years by the Dutch, the English, the French, and the Americans. The Indian wars in New England demonstrated how ruthless and irreconcilable was the conflict between the opposing social forces.

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