.....Alternative history is not "rewriting" history to be "politically correct." It is taking the defensiveness out of the biased history that taught about happy slaves and savage Indians. It is being honest about what really happened and recognizing two sides to the stories of conflict. One of the appropriate biases is to talk about discovering an empty virgin country when it was already full of people with political and economic systems. Conservative estimates are that there were between nine and fifteen million people on the North American Continent alone who were "discovered" by Columbus. They thought they lived here and had a pretty decent civilization. Archeological digs in the deserts of the mid-west show pretty clear patterns of large cities with underground water systems and sophisticated waste removal systems. The pre-Columbian population of the native American city of Cahokia (near what is now East St. Louis) has clearly been established at about forty to sixty thousand people. I never saw that in a cowboys and Indians movie.
..........— Dr. Walter "Skip" Earl, Methodist minister, former TUUS President. "What Do You Mean "We", White Man?" From "Skip’s Script: The President’s Corner," TUUS Times (Newsletter of the Tidewater Unitarian Universalist Society, Oct. 7, 1991.
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