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Old 01-24-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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I am reading the most interesting book on US History. It is the 2002 Alan Taylor book on the settlement of North America. What I most like about the book is the lack of ethno-centrism in the literature. The author goes into detail on the roles that the British, French, Spanish, Native Americans and African slaves had in the development of North America. Much detail is presented on exactly how these groups interacted with each other and among themselves to present a more balanced view of the settling of North America. Hence, It is not a meager description of Anglos marching in and taking over the place.

Has anyone else read this fascinating book? What are your thoughts on it? Any other books around to compare it to?

Secondly, why in ethnically diverse 2010 is there still so much ethno-centrism when discussing US History?
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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I am reading the most interesting book on US History. It is the 2002 Alan Taylor book on the settlement of North America. What I most like about the book is the lack of ethno-centrism in the literature. The author goes into detail on the roles that the British, French, Spanish, Native Americans and African slaves had in the development of North America. Much detail is presented on exactly how these groups interacted with each other and among themselves to present a more balanced view of the settling of North America. Hence, It is not a meager description of Anglos marching in and taking over the place. ...
I just check the book out quickly on Amazon, table of contents and index. I got the impression that not much space was devoted to the Dutch and New Netherland.

Is that the case, or did I just not judge well from the index entries?
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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That is not the case. There is a lot on the Dutch in NYC in the "Middle Colonies" Chapter.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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That is not the case. There is a lot on the Dutch in NYC in the "Middle Colonies" Chapter.
Thanks.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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Secondly, why in ethnically diverse 2010 is there still so much ethno-centrism when discussing US History?

No one should be ethocentric, it just isn't the American way.
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