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Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United State.
Chapter 1: “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress”

Chapter 2: “Drawing the Color Line”

Chapter 3: “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition”
Directions: Use Zinn and Brinkley (chapters 1 and 2) to answer the questions below and be prepared to discuss these readings in class. The first set of questions is general, while the latter set specific. You need to answer all of them and define the at least ten terms from the chapter in the form of a journal entry. As you define the terms, demonstrate why each person, event, concept, or issue is important to a thorough understanding of this chapter. Use the following as your guideline.
Choose ten terms to explain within your journal at the end of each chapter. Explain why you chose your ten terms. Justify in your journal why the terms are essential to an understanding of the chapter e.g. “Meeting of the Cultures.”
Sample Journal entry describing “subsistence agriculture” and its importance to “The Meeting of Cultures.”
Subsistence agriculture: Most Europeans and many Native Americans used agriculture as the primary means to surviving prior to the early European explorations. Knowing that most people on three continents (North America, Europe, and Africa) farmed in order to survive—not to make a profit—provides great insight into the economic, political, and social lives of the people from all cultures who will meet in North America. I chose the former term because it describes the importance of agriculture and the meeting the Europeans and natives.
Create a journal entry like the former for your ten terms. Don’t forget to explain why you chose your terms. For example, after you define your ten terms state: I chose the former ten terms because….
Chapter 1:

  1. What is Zinn’s main purpose for writing this book? What is his approach to


  1. According to Zinn, how is Columbus portrayed in traditional history books?

  2. What major issues does Bartolome de las Casas bring up regarding Spanish

expeditions in the Caribbean?

  1. What differences does Zinn point out between Europeans and the Iroquois?

Chapter 2:

  1. According to Zinn, how did racism take root in America?

  2. How did slavery in Africa differ from slavery in Europe and the Americas?

  3. Describe the conditions that slaves experienced on ships coming to America.

  4. What evidence exists that America’s slaves did not accept their fate easily?

  5. Why did slave owners fear poor whites?

Chapter 3:

  1. What is Zinn’s thesis in this chapter?

  2. What was the underlying cause of Bacon’s Rebellion?

  3. What groups of people took part in Bacon’s Rebellion?

  4. What generally happened to indentured servants after they became free?

  5. To what extent did a class structure emerge in America by 1700?


Chapter 1: Define 10 of the following…



Matrilineal Society

Enclosure Movement


Richard Hakluyt


Protestant Reformation

Puritan Separatists

Couriers de Bois

Spanish Armada

Raleigh/Lost Colony

  1. What was the New World like at the time of Christopher Columbus?

  2. How did the peoples of the New and old Worlds affect each other when their societies came into contact in the late 15th century?

  3. What changes in Western Europe resulted in widespread interest in colonization?

  4. What were the various motives for colonization?

  5. What were the varying policies of each nation colonizing America?

  6. Describe the African culture from which slaves were taken and the early development of slavery.

Chapter 2: Define all of the following…

Indentured Servitude

The Middle Passage

Triangular Trade



Salem Witch Trials

The Great Awakening

Jonathan Edwards

The Enlightenment

John Peter Zenger Trial

  1. What disagreements exist among historians concerning the origins of slavery?

  2. What were the sources of colonial labor?

  3. How did immigration patterns effect colonial development?

  4. How did patterns of birth and death influence and reflect cultural developments in the colonies?

  5. How did factors such as soil and climate determine the commercial and agricultural development of the colonies?

  6. Describe the emergence of the plantation system and its impact on southern society.

  7. How was the New England witchcraft episode a reflection of Puritan society?

  8. What was the Great Awakening and what was its effect on the colonies?

Chapter 3: Define 10 of the following terms…


John Smith/tobacco

Joint Stock Company

Virginia Company

London Company

Maryland Toleration Act

Bacon’s Rebellion

Plymouth Plantation

Mayflower Compact

William Bradford

Massachusetts Bay Company

John Winthrop /”City upon a Hill”

Great Migration


Roger Williams

Anne Hutchinson

Thomas Hooker

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

Pequot War

King Philip’s War

Restoration Colonies

Proprietary Colonies


The Carolinas

New York

William Penn/Holy Experiment/Charter of Liberties


James Oglethorpe



Navigation Acts

Dominion of New England

Glorious Revolution

Leisler’s Rebellion

  1. What were the differences between the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies in terms of objectives, types of settlers, early problems, and reasons for success?

  2. How were the lives of the colonists and Native Americans transformed through biological and cultural exchange?

  3. How were the lives of the colonists shaped by contact with Native Americans and vice versa?

  4. What were the causes and what was the significance of Bacon’s rebellion?

  5. What conditions in Puritan Massachusetts Bay spawned dissenters such as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson?

  6. What were the reasons of the founding of each of the original thirteen colonies?

  7. What were the economic, religious, and political factors in the colonies that tended to produce sectional differences?

  8. What was the effect of the Glorious Revolution on the development of the American colonies?

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