If We Knew Our History - Zinn Education Project Monthly Column
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Time to Abolish Columbus Day
By Bill Bigelow  

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Columbus initiated the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in early February 1494, first sending several dozen enslaved Ta�nos to Spain. Columbus described those he enslaved as "well made and of very good intelligence," and recommended to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that taxing slave shipments could help pay for supplies needed in the Indies. A year later, Columbus intensified his efforts to enslave Indigenous people in the Caribbean. Continue reading.

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Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow
and Bob Peterson. Readings and lessons for pre-K to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas. Read more.

Film. Written, directed, and produced by Nick Kaufman. Contrasting views and scenes from the classroom on teaching about Columbus. Watch online.

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