Discovery of America and Other Myths: A New World Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811801867
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Foreword: Waiting for Columbus
Introduction: The Myth of America
1 Paradise: A Marvelous New World: From Genesis to Genocide 2
The Breast of Paradise 5
New World Rhapsodies 9
Mundus Novus 12
Paradise Abandoned 17
Goodliest Roanoke 21
Abundance in the Gulf Coast 23
Marvelous Lands 26
The River of the Amazons 28
About the Bay 30
The Dogs of Paradise 37
He Lost the Indies to a Worm 49
2 Gods and Demons: Native Views of the Encounter: The World Becomes Small 53
The Invention of White People 54
The Blinding of the Men of Maize 63
Our Gods Have Died 67
Flowers and Songs of Sorrow 71
The Desertion of the Gods 73
A New God Was Born 81
3 Children and Cannibals: Images of Americans: They Lost the Sun 91
This Is America 93
The End of the Earth Was Inhabited 100
They Are Built to Serve 107
The Savage Ojibway 108
On Cannibals 110
Seven Americans Discover Spain 116
4 Conquest: The Taking of the Americas: Blackness There Is Indeed 129
God Strikes Them Down 131
So Much Courtesy 133
I Reject Peace 135
The Battle Flag Is Raised 137
Tecum-Uman 139
La Malinche 144
Massacre at Cholula 148
A Stain, Never to Be Effaced 152
The Conquest of America 157
Prayer of Columbus 165
Columbus Day 169
5 Mining Eden: Procuring Souls and Precious Metals: A Slave Economy 174
Columbus Contemplates Slavery 177
Slave Trading with Columbus 181
Raiding the Bahamas 182
God's Word Uproots Idolatry 185
The First American Sermon Against Exploitation 187
They Are People 189
In a California Mission 191
Feet 194
The Eighth Wonder of the World 195
The Form of My Brokenness 197
Freedom 203
The Conquest of Paradise 205
The Crown of Columbus 210
Afterword: Dreaming of Columbus 215
Testimonies: Contributors and Acknowledgments 224
Index 247
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