Today, kids in schools and government offices are closed in recognition of Christopher Columbus. But over the decades, Columbus’ legacy as a slave master, conqueror, tyrant and brave explorer has been debated. We have a love/hate relationship with Columbus. So, what’s the truth? You can explore a bit about Columbus in our library collection: Books on Columbus.
Also, this radio piece from BackStory explores the background. It is a fun show that hits some of the nuance surrounding Columbus.
1492: COLUMBUS IN AMERICAN MEMORY (Backstory)
So on this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed, and Brian explore the controversial Columbian legacy, diving into current debates, and looking back on how earlier generations have understood America’s purported discoverer. When and why did Americans begin to revere the Italian explorer? Who has seized on his legacy, and who has contested it?