DATE: August 24, 2020
TIME: 6-6:15 p.m. Social Gathering; 6:15-8 p.m. Discussion
PLACE: Online, from your home
ADDRESS: Google Meet; you must pre-register by contacting Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS: Jeff at email@example.com
PRE-REGISTER: Required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invitation to the online connection, any changes, and readings in advance of the discussions. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line.
From Wikipedia - The Doctrine of Discovery was promulgated by European monarchies in order to legitimize the colonization of lands outside of Europe. Between the mid-fifteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, this idea allowed European entities to seize lands inhabited by indigenous peoples under the guise of discovery. In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas declared that only non-Christian lands could be colonized under the Doctrine of Discovery.
In 1792, U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson declared that the Doctrine of Discovery would extend from Europe to the infant U.S. government. The Doctrine and its legacy continue to influence American imperialism and treatment of indigenous peoples.
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Short overview - https://ups tanderproject.org/firstlight/doctrine
QUESTION FOR YOU TO RESEARCH IN ADVANCE:
Consider where you are living. What peoples lived in that region BEFORE it was colonized? Let's share and discuss our discoveries on August 24!
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