Book People's History Of US: (1492 - Present) (Modern Classic) Author: Zinn – Book Report/Review Example
Task: The Indian and Mexican Takeovers Similarities Zinn elaborates that one of the similarities of these takeovers was a change in policy that occurred after each take over (5). When the Spaniards took over the Indians, the latter became slaves to the Spaniards. There was also a change, though minor, during the Mexican takeover from the Spaniards.
Another similarity in these two takeovers was the multiple attempts from the both the Mexicans and the Indians to revolt against their oppressors. In essence, these attempts at revolution marked the onset of each takeover. Both the Spaniard infiltration of the Indians in the 17th century as well as the subsequent Mexican war that began in the 18th century aimed at a revolution (Zinn 6-12).
Both the Indian and Mexican takeovers resulted into forced labor and violence. The perpetrators of this violence were the militia and paramilitary groups that literally hunted the slaves reducing their population.
The Indian takeover arose due the Indian revolution that got initiated due to slavery of the Indians in their own lands and farms. This was contrary to the Mexican takeover which came to light as a measure of opposing the racist rule of the Americans. Though the vices, slavery and racism, applied to both the Indians and Mexicans, each lot had one that was a principal cause for revolution (Historyisaweapon.com).
One other key difference in these two takeovers was the occurrence of collaborations and submissions. Some Indians, unlike the Mexicans, chose to collaborate to gain favor from their oppressors at the beginning of the 19th century (Zinn 17). This led to the division of the Indian population into pan-Indians, the landless Indian and the Rancherias. The Mexicans, on the other hand, kept a united front against their common enemy, and that explained the difference in duration of their respective revolutions.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present. New York, NY:
HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. Print.
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