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Title:
Beyond 1492 encounters in colonial North America
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
ISBN:
9780195080339

9780195068382
Physical Description:
xx, 376 p. : ill.
Language:
English
Contents:
History as Imagination -- Views from the Shore. Imagining the Other: First Encounters in North America. The Exploration of Norumbega: Native Perspectives. Native Reactions to the Invasion of America -- Encounters Light and Dark. The First Consumer Revolution. Agents of Change: Jesuits in the Post-Columbian World. Humor in Ethnohistory -- 1492 and Beyond. Europeans, Indians, and the Age of Discovery in American History Textbooks. The Columbian Mosaic in Colonial America. Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy. Beyond 1992.
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Summary

In this provocative and timely collection of essays--five published for the first time--one of the most important ethnohistorians writing today, James Axtell, explores the key role of imagination both in our perception of strangers and in the writing of history. Coinciding with the 500thanniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America, this collection covers a wide range of topics dealing with American history. Three essays view the invasion of North America from the perspective of the Indians, whose land it was. The very first meetings, he finds, were nearly always peaceful.Other essays describe native encounters with colonial traders--creating "the first consumer revolution"--and Jesuit missionaries in Canada and Mexico. Despite the tragedy of many of the encounters, Axtell also finds that there was much humor in Indian-European negotiations over peace, sex, and war.In the final section he conducts searching analyses of how college textbooks treat the initial century of American history, how America's human face changed from all brown in 1492 to predominantly white and black by 1792, and how we handled moral questions during the Quincentenary. He concludeswith an extensive review of the Quincentenary scholarship--books, films, TV, and museum exhibits--and suggestions for how we can assimilate what we have learned.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 History as Imaginationp. 3
Views from the Shorep. 23
Chapter 2 Imagining the Other: First Encounters in North Americap. 25
Chapter 3 The Exploration of Norumbega: Native Perspectivesp. 75
Chapter 4 Native Reactions to the Invasion of Americap. 97
Encounters Light and Darkp. 123
Chapter 5 The First Consumer Revolutionp. 125
Chapter 6 Agents of Change: Jesuits in the Post-Columbian Worldp. 152
Chapter 7 Humor in Ethnohistoryp. 171
1492 and Beyondp. 195
Chapter 8 Europeans, Indians, and the Age of Discovery in American History Textbooksp. 197
Chapter 9 The Columbian Mosaic in Colonial Americap. 217
Chapter 10 Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacyp. 241
Chapter 11 Beyond 1992p. 267
Notesp. 317
Indexp. 365