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The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean Kindle Edition
Chronicles how American culture - deeply rooted in white supremacy, slavery and capitalism - finds its origin story in the 17th century European colonization of Africa and North America, exposing the structural origins of American "looting"
Virtually no part of the modern United States—the economy, education, constitutional law, religious institutions, sports, literature, economics, even protest movements—can be understood without first understanding the slavery and dispossession that laid its foundation. To that end, historian Gerald Horne digs deeply into Europe’s colonization of Africa and the New World, when, from Columbus’s arrival until the Civil War, some 13 million Africans and some 5 million Native Americans were forced to build and cultivate a society extolling “liberty and justice for all.” The seventeenth century was, according to Horne, an era when the roots of slavery, white supremacy, and capitalism became inextricably tangled into a complex history involving war and revolts in Europe, England’s conquest of the Scots and Irish, the development of formidable new weaponry able to ensure Europe’s colonial dominance, the rebel merchants of North America who created “these United States,” and the hordes of Europeans whose newfound opportunities in this “free” land amounted to “combat pay” for their efforts as “white” settlers.
Centering his book on the Eastern Seaboard of North America, the Caribbean, Africa, and what is now Great Britain, Horne provides a deeply researched, harrowing account of the apocalyptic loss and misery that likely has no parallel in human history. The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism is an essential book that will not allow history to be told by the victors. It is especially needed now, in the age of Trump. For it has never been more vital, Horne writes, “to shed light on the contemporary moment wherein it appears that these malevolent forces have received a new lease on life.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B075XSKT86
- Publisher : Monthly Review Press; 1st edition (March 12, 2018)
- Publication date : March 12, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3278 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 250 pages
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On the flip side of the coin, now we understand that it was fear and paranoia that motivated white settlers in the coming centuries in the U.S. South to murder and lynch Blacks, not as abolitionist and liberal propaganda maintained because southern whites were monsters beyond human comprehension. We deplore what these people did. But thanks to Gerald Horne, we understand the terror brought on themselves that drove them to do it.
This is an exceedingly well researched and well written book. It is all meat with no fluff and it provides more real information than all my primary school and college textbooks combined. It will challenge the cherished beliefs of many who have been drinking the Kool-Aid all their lives but it will enlighten many as to the long path taken over centuries of class warfare in its various manifestations.
Slavery was a global enterprise linked to religious,economic and European nationalist settlements dispelling the myth of a stellar platform for human freedom in the Americas.
This should be required reading for any student of history searching for truth of the founding of the American State.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on June 1, 2019
This book has shot itself in its own blinkered feet.
No loss to consign it to the bin