Posts Tagged ‘Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia’

Two does not equal one

John Quincy Adams

On 22 July 1823, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, wrote the following to Henry Middleton, U.S. Extraordinary & Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia:

          “… Adams, reiterated European intentions with respect to lands they invaded and took from the native residents:

‘It never has been admitted, by the various European nations which have formed settlements in this hemisphere, that the occupation of an island gave any claim whatever to territorial possessions on the continent to which it was adjoining. The recognized principle has rather been the reverse; as, by the law of nature, islands must rather be considered as appurtenant to continents, than continents to islands.’

From the same chapter in Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia:

          Columbus’ first recorded stop was on a Caribbean island which he named Hispaniola (Haiti) and where he devastated the resident Taino Nation. Given his contractual agreement with Spain proclaiming him Governor, Vice-Roy, and Admiral of all lands he discovered, Columbus would have been less than receptive to recognizing the Tainos as rightful landholders. No less significant was the fact that future recognition and benefits were stipulated for his heirs in perpetuity. Columbus did not foresee any problem in achieving those personal payoffs as the Tainos did not have or use weapons such as swords: ‘With fifty men, we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want’; ‘They are the most timid people in the world, so that only the [my] men … could destroy the whole region …’

Charters and contracts directed removal of all impediments, particularly indigenous people encountered during the invasions, and confiscation of their lands. Individuals implementing the strategists’ directives were authorized to mete out whatever punishment and justice they deemed necessary in order to keep their morally and ethnically superior settlements undisturbed by Indian ‘irritants.’  As the distance between most European countries and the Western Hemisphere prohibited prompt communication, it was imperative that only individuals with the same rapacious nature as the strategists be selected to carry out the invasions. Substantial prestige and wealth had been promised to the implementers; so substantial, in fact, that conscience-free dedication by the invaders to their contractual obligations was fairly guaranteed.

In the same way that others would boldly promote the theory of manifest destiny three centuries later, Columbus invoked the Christian religion and Holy Trinity as the basis for his invasions of the Caribbean and Central America, all of which included acts of premeditated hostilities, massacres, enslavement, and seizure of the residents’ lands and other property.

… he [Columbus] was finally expelled from the Caribbean in 1500 after Governor Francisco de Bodadilla arrested him and his brother, Bartholomew, sending them back to Spain shackled in chains.

After later being denied re-entry to the port of Hispaniola, Columbus and Bartholomew relocated their activities to Panama, Central America. Still working with inaccurate maps and distances, the brothers believed they had actually landed on the Malay Peninsula (Asia). In 1504 they returned to Spain with a ship full of gold and other treasures taken from The Nations.

Those attempting to defend their families and lands against invaders were slaughtered, imprisoned, executed, or taken as slaves — the invaders officially characterizing the native residents’ defensive efforts as outrageous and degrading. On the other hand, the invaders saw their own aggression as appropriate since recipient Indians were considered heathens, even inhuman.”

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Note:  The above excerpts are found in Chapter One, pages 7 – 9, of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia.  Text source reference nos. 19-31 for the above-quoted material are stipulated in the Chapter End Notes on pages 169-170.


The best feeling is ….

After retirement from a long career, I discovered that (for me) the best feeling was not having to get up and go to work when I was sick.

Now, as an author, there are many “best feelings.”  After a book is published, seeing it placed on bookshelves of libraries and bookstores is definitely one of those good feelings.  Here are some of my favorite views:

Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City

Asst. Manager Tori Hoornstra placing copies on shelf at Hastings in Stillwater, OK

And there is one more occasion which, for me, will always be the most precious in the process of getting this book ready for publishing.  That moment was when my dear friend, Liz, took this photograph of me and my little girl, Victoria Diane, for our official publicity photo:

vehoae and Victoria Diane

An interview with the author

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

I recently gave an interview to Penny Ehrenkranz about Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, and the research that has been underway for over two decades.

Hope you’ll visit Penny’s site to read the interview.  The site is professional and attractive.  It is an exceptional source for writers and readers, alike.

Interview with vehoae

Non-revisionist history: “Here I come!”

Not too much longer to wait for official release of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia!

This site replaced my original regular website for vehoae Conscience.   Information will be shown on this new webpage regarding scheduled presentations, other book events, and details on ordering copies of my book.

Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia draws parallels between the personal perspectives & motivations of invading Europeans and their successors,  and their professional decisions to subjugate and exterminate “heathen red-skinned impediments”.

Gradually, I’ll also be posting here excerpts from the book, articles related to the subject at hand, other recommended readings, web links, and research resources.  Each article will give you the opportunity to “leave a comment”.  Hope to hear from everyone!

You’ll also notice in the left margin a place to select the option of receiving notices via Email when something new has been posted.

I have a profound appreciation for non-revisionist history.  To that end, personal research and primary documents are the basis for all of my writing, including books and articles.  My publisher has stated on Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia’s bookcover, “…vehoae provides primary document details typically avoided in favor of political correctness.”