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Author Axtell, James.

Title Beyond 1492 : encounters in colonial North America / James Axtell.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  970.02 Ax78b 1992    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xx, 376 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-364) and index.
Contents History as imagination -- Imagining the other: first encounters in North America -- The exploration of Norumbega: native perspectives -- Native reactions to the invasion of America -- The first consumer revolution -- Agents of change: Jesuits in the post-Columbian world -- Humor in ethnohistory -- 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.
Summary James Axtell explores the key role of imagination both in our perception of strangers and in the writing of history. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary 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 concludes with an extensive review of the Quincentenary scholarship--books, films, TV, and museum exhibits--and suggestions for how we can assimilate what we have learned.
Subject Columbus, Christopher -- Influence.
Colomb, Christophe, approximately 1451-1506 -- Influence.
Columbus, Christopher. (OCoLC)fst00028086
North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Indians of North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Indians of North America -- History -- 16th century.
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
North America -- Discovery and exploration.
Discoveries in geography. (OCoLC)fst00894950
Discovery and exploration, Spanish. (OCoLC)fst01352794
Indians of North America. (OCoLC)fst00969633
Indians of North America -- Colonial period. (OCoLC)fst01907009
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
America. (OCoLC)fst01239786
North America. (OCoLC)fst01242475
Chronological Term 1500-1775
Indexed Term North America
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0195068386
0195080335 (pbk.)
9780195080339 (pbk.)

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