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LAS CASAS: OVERVIEW

UNIT 2: LAS CASAS AND THE NATURE OF MAN

Start Date: Jan 7, 2000

 

  1. Go through the Overview section of the unit.
  2. Go through the Background section of the unit.
  3. Read Benjamin Keen's "The Legacy of Bartolome de las Casas."
  4. Read the selection from Las Casas' The Destruction of the Indies This is the first reading in your course packet.
  5. Read the four chapters of Las Casas' "In Defence of the Indians." This is the next selection in your packet.
  6. Read the Commentary section and reread the relevant pages of Las Casas on the nature of barbarians.
  7. Read the next two selections in your packet about Las Casas and Black Slavery.
  8. Do the Activity section: "Barbarism and Native Americans."
  9. Do the forum discussion activity: "Is Civilization a good idea?"
  10. Go on to the next Unit on Montaigne.