American Holocaust: The Destruction of America’s Native Peoples

American Holocaust: The Destruction of America’s Native Peoples, a lecture by David Stannard, professor and chair of the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaii. Stannard, author of American Holocaust, asserts that the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most substantial act of genocide in world history. A combination of atrocities and imported plagues resulted in the death of roughly 95 percent of the native population in the Americas. Stannard argues that the perpetrators of the American Holocaust operated from the same ideological source as the architects of the Nazi Holocaust. That ideology remains alive today in American foreign policy, Stannard avers.


2 responses to “American Holocaust: The Destruction of America’s Native Peoples

  1. This book is next on my “must get” list.

  2. Stannard moves the goalposts by altering the definition of genocide: Webster, Oxford, 18USC and the UN have different definitions – but the common elements of all these is “a deliberate destruction of a race, religion or ethnicity by various methods.”

    Smallpox does not fit the “deliberate” criteria. The disease had a 18.5% mortality rate for Europeans (including 5 reigning monarchs) and you really can’t spread it on blankets. – therefore not a genocide)

    Was the black death genocide of Europeans by the Chinese?

    From educated authorities, I have heard figures as low as 1.2 million and as high as 100 million – they can’t be all be accurate.

    I suppose that a 95% mortality rate coincides with Governor William Bradford’s account of the 1633 smallpox epidemic. Still, those figures are hard to get at (I tried).

    There is a 1764 Map that Thomas Hutchins made, (actually from his trip in 1762) showing Indian villages in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    There is also a Henry Timberlake 1762 map where he did, in my opinion, a better job of reconnoitering. and counts 802 braves in a 20 mile stretch of the Tennessee River.

    I read a translated version of Codex Florentino by Fray Bernardino de Sahagin (very long read) and there is no mention alluding to numbers of populations.

    I really don’t buy the low numbers and I don’t buy the high numbers – because they are all made up.

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