The story of Bartolomé de Las Casas, a Dominican priest and missionary who fought relentlessly for justice for the Native Americans and even for their status as human beings, who was fearless in standing up to the political and ecclesiastical powers of his time. Interwoven is the story of his own two conversion experiences.
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Vickery's book is quite interesting to read, although written over a seemingly obscure topic. I might have never read it had it not been a required class reading, but I'm glad I did, because now I have gained much insight into the world of the 15th- and 16th-century Spain and America. Vickery goes into much detail about the times and trials of Bartolome de las Casas, an important figure in Latin American history, while still managing to keep the material from becoming too boring, as many textbooks are wont to do. Overall, a recommended read for anyone looking to gain more knowledge about the social, political, and religious milieu of the early days of the New World. .
Bartolome de Las Casas is a well-reasoned academic study of the conversion experience of one of the most famous Latin American reformers. Dr. Vickery skillfully reviews the various political and cultural influences that brought Las Casas from Spain to the New World, and dramatically details the transformation that changed him from an encomendero (wealthy landowner with native servants) to one of the strongest critics of the encomienda system. This book weaves direct quotes from Las Casas with contemporary criticism and historical background. Although the academic depth of this book may challenge many casual readers, those willing to apply the effort necessary will benefit from this conservative look at a radical reformer. More passionate students of liberation theology may find Dr. Vickery's adherence to orthodoxy too traditional, but I think even the majority of revolutionaries will appreciate the historical scholarship. All in all, Bartolome de Las Casas is a well-documented, presentable study of a critical part of North American history.
Bartolome de Las Casas by Dr. Paul Vickery is a fantastic read. This book is detailed and accurate in the description of Las Casas' life. It shows the transition of Las Casas from wealthy Indian owner to humble Indian protector. This book reveals the political and religious state of Spain in the 1500s, and it depicts the life-long struggle of Las Casas to bring justice and love to the Indians of the New World. The book is easy to read and provides immense detail about the topic. I would give it five stars if you're looking to learn about the life of Las Casas! Great read!