I started my U.S. History class today. I was a bit surprised to see that the first chapter has more of a focus on the Native American-African-European dynamic than I've come across before.
It also touches upon how religion was such a destructive force in Native-European relations. This quote particularly struck me "throughout Europe...freedom meant abandoning the life of sin to embrace the teachings of Christ. 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is,' declares the New Testament, 'there is liberty.' In this definition freedom and servitude were mutually reinforcing, not contradictory states..." One of the justifications for the atrocities committed against the Native inhabitants was that they were being liberated. By having Jesus forced on them.
Still, you've gotta love how much easier it was for them to claim that freedom is slavery, than to admit a fear of their wives liking some aspects of another culture. Matrilineal clans, property ownership, the ability to divorce, and pick who you fuck? No beggars??? I tell you, some days I don't really mind my own whiteness, but damn my European heritage is embarrassing.