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- Editor: Leopold Classic Library (11 de diciembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ASIN: B019881S0U
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Richard of Jamestown: A Story of the Virginia Colony (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 11 dic 2015
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So I have read as much as I can find and have a growing list of titles on this incredible story. As a child I lived less than 3 hours drive from Jamestown for several years yet was bored to tears by my elementary school studies of Virginia history. How I would have paid attention had I but known! Part of this story is about several centuries of censorship and convenient "forgetting" and ultimately the writing of only the palatable bits, while leaving out such uncomfortable things as deceit, greed, murder, starvation, and cannibalism - all in the first years of the settlement.
So I had hoped this effort by James Otis was a researched attempt to get at the real story and explain it factually. Nope. Turned out it was a propaganda piece written for my grandparents when they were kids.
The problem with Mr. Otis' book is that it was penned for the children of his generation (1848 - 1912) and was part and parcel of the well-varnished fiction created around the founding of the first English colony. It IS, however, an often-fawning tribute to John Smith, who was clearly the first white American hero, a larger-than-life person without whom Jamestown would probably have just become another Lost Colony. He even had a respect and understanding for the native inhabitants that occasionally shows, though typically poorly expressed, in these creaky pages.
If you want the truth, then definitely read David Price's "Love and Hate in Jamestown." I've read it twice and admired his scholarly journalism. I also highly recommend "Jamestown, The Buried Truth" by William Kelso, the man most responsible for the rediscovery of Jamestown along with the gravesite of (apparently) my gggggggg Uncle James. (Unfortunately there's not yet a Kindle edition; Kindle would not be suitable for Kelso's detailed illustrations, anyway.)
Buy the Otis book, Kindle-cheap at its uncopyrighted price, but prepare to be hornswaggled by this shallow, childish depiction of the nation's birthplace penned by, and for, a post-Civil War society desperate for something honorable to embrace. Honor was there, but so was a great deal of shame caused by pampered leeches of the British upper class who came along in their brocaded finery to strike it rich. Instead, some of them ate each other.
A fitting parable for today, I guess.