Does changing the holiday dishonor the heritage of Italian-Americans, a group that has also faced discrimination?

One of the main jobs of historians is to interpret the past by reviewing primary documents, scholarly secondary sources, and then creating an analysis of early colonial America. After reading and reviewing the assigned materials, please select ONE of the following: Lost Colony of RoanokeWhat do you think happened to the Roanoke colonists? Why do you think we still do not have a definitive answer regarding their fate? As we find new information, how does this change our perception of the past? How might this change someones view of history as being static and unchanging? ColumbusIn the last couple of decades, certain incidents or moments have become litmus tests for larger historical understandings. The arrival of Columbus to the New World is one such event. Both historians and the public at large have debated the meaning of Columbus voyages and his legacy. In this response, please explain what you understand to be the actual accomplishments or failures of Columbus, then discuss the legacy of the explorer specifically tied to Columbus Day. Does a man who never stepped into the Continental US deserve a federal holiday? What do you think of the argument for changing the name and focus of the holiday from Columbus to Indigenous Peoples? Or does changing the name serve to recognize and affirm the overlooked history and contributions of Native Americans? This assignment should be at least 300 words and contain your reactions or questions about some specific issue within the historical narrative which you find compelling. For full credit, your paper must not simply sum up the reading or repeat points made there. Rather, Im looking for you to create your own interpretation, explain the emotional content of the piece, or discuss some original insight. Include citations as needed. Textbook Reading: For this section, please read: Tindall and Shi, Ch. 2 “England’s Colonies”

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