American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History by Russell Thornton

By Russell Thornton

This demographic evaluation of North American Indian heritage describes intimately the holocaust that, even this present day, white american citizens are inclined to push aside as an unlucky concomitant of take place future. they need to omit that, as Euro-Americans invaded North the USA and prospered within the "New World," the numbers of local peoples declined sharply; whole tribes, usually within the area of some years, have been "wiped from the face of the earth."


The fires of the holocaust that fed on American Indians blazed within the fevers of newly encountered ailments, the flash of settlers’ and infantrymen’ weapons, the ravages of "firewater," and the scorched-earth guidelines of the white invaders. Russell Thornton describes how the holocaust had as its explanations ailment, struggle and genocide, elimination and relocation, and destruction of aboriginal methods of life.


Until lately such a lot students appeared reluctant to take a position approximately North American Indian populations in 1492. during this ebook Thornton discusses intimately what number Indians there have been, the place they'd come from, and the way glossy scholarship in lots of disciplines could permit us to make extra exact estimates of aboriginal populations.

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Disease-Free America. The diseases present in a population and their extensiveness and morbidity depend on a complex set of factors including the population's epidemiological and other history, health-care practices, diet and 6. Christopher B. Ruff (1981 : 150) has indicated mean age at death at Pecos Pueblo may have been only 25 years. Charles M. 4 years. Mean age at death and life expectancy are slightly different measures. 7. The reader is referred to Ward and Weiss (1976), Weiss and Smouse (1976), Swedlund and Armelagos (1976), Buikstra and Konigsberg (1985), and Johansson and Horowitz (1986) for discussions of the methodology of ascertaining life expectancy and mean age at death of skeletal populations.

TABLE 2-3: Dobyns's Population Estimates for the Western Hemisphere in 1492 Population (000) Area 9,800-12,250 North America 30,000-37,500 Mexican Civilization 10,800-13,500 Central America 443-554 Caribbean Islands 30,000-37,500 Andean Civilization 9,000-11,250 Marginal South America 90,043-112,554 Western Hemisphere SOURCE: Dobyns (1966:415). 1966 : 414). He also asserted depopulation by a ratio of 50 to 1 over a century marks the approximate outer limits of human survival and population recovery (Dobyns, 1966 : 414).

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