(pronounced yo SEM i tee)
We welcome Josh back from his errand in the wilderness and catch up with the drunken frat party known as America. The frat prez took a cognitive test and couldn’t pronounce Yosemite. While frat brother Tom Cotton, Senator from Arkansas, initiated pledge week hazing with a bill to ban history teachers from discussing slavery. If you wanna pledge this frat, bro Tom will make you sing the song of American exceptionalism while they pour beer on your head. But the saucy boys aren’t buying it, we’re not pledging, and we’re not wasting a single craft brew on the nonsensical boast of American exceptionalism. Chris looks at the nefarious origins of colonial America (hint: far from exceptional), and Josh reminds us that power is what power does. Whether America, China, or the Ottoman Empire – like birds of a feather – empires march together in history, even when marching straight toward a cliff.
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Sources Referenced and Other Items of Interest
Linda M. Heywood and John K. Thornton, Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundations of the Americas, 1585-1660 (2007).
Teo Armus, “Sen. Tom Cotton Wants to Take ‘ The1619 Project’ Out of the Classroom. His Efforts Have Kept it in the Spotlight” (Washington Post, July 27, 2020)
Jason Mark, “You’re No Public Lands Hero If You Can’t Pronounce Yosemite” (Sierra Club.Org August 6, 2020
” If upon a Just war the lord should deliver [the Indians] into our hands, we might easily have men women and Children enough to exchange for the Moores, which will be more gainful pillage for us than we conceive, for I do not see how we can thrive until we get into a stock of slaves sufficient to do all our business, for our Children’s Children will hardly see this great Continent filled with people.”Emmanuel Downing, writing to his brother-in-law & Massachusetts Bay governor, John Winthrop, 1645