View Full Version : Hit-and-Miss world history

Earth Walker
December 31st, 2001, 05:07 PM
A new PBS documentary reveals the early Europeans' excesses
in Africa, Asia, Hawaii, Australia and the Americas -- but avoids
the dark chapters of U.S. colonization.

The missionary zeal of christian Europe mixed with a passion
for economic gain was an explosive cocktail.

The Crucible of the Millennium takes the easy way out on
its portrayal of European colonization. It focuses, for example,
on the well-documented Spanish genocide of the Aztec of Mexico
and Inca of Peru but makes only the briefest of mentions of the
role played by Americans in wiping out numerous indigenous
peoples as settlers spread from the eastern seaboard to the
west. Over and over again, The Crucible of the Millennium
has no trouble in pointing out the excesses of the British,
Spanish, Portuguese, French, etc., empires but shies away from
treating the American empire the same way.

The Crucible of the Millennium: Parts 1 and 2, from 9 PM
to Midnight, tonight on PBS Channel 9.

January 1st, 2002, 05:31 AM

why is it I'm getting the strong impression that this is a US funded documentary?? Hard to get money if you call the people funding you evil murdering bastards. ;)

Lilith Rain
January 1st, 2002, 06:36 AM
Unfortunaltly it seems to be a part of our intricut function as humans.

Monkeys constantly throwing rocks and stones to make a point.

:( really.

January 2nd, 2002, 05:21 PM
While this does seem like a very interesting documentary, I'm dissappointed that such a crucial time in history, as the western expansion, and other not so light chapters in American History, are being ignored.

A shame.

I often find such ...umm..."missing chapters" in American History Textbooks, too. Funny that eh?

Kinda makes you wonder if the people writing history, wish to program us with only half the story :(

January 13th, 2002, 02:44 AM
the entire point of school is not to teach you WHAT to think but HOW to think. They have a specified critera to follow it's up to you to go out and learn more. If you fail to do so then you can only blame yourself.

January 13th, 2002, 12:13 PM
unfortunately, thetheologian, they don't teach or encourage critical thinking in elementary school. Look at the story of the first Thanksgiving....only half the story and many innaccuracies are taught to children about that. And the kids are tested on what they are taught, quizzed on the textbooks.