• The Dawning of the Apocalypse

  • The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century
  • By: Gerald Horne
  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed historian Gerald Horne troubles America's settler colonialism's "creation myth".

August 2019 saw numerous commemorations of the year 1619, when what was said to be the first arrival of enslaved Africans occurred in North America. Yet in the 1520s, the Spanish, from their imperial perch in Santo Domingo, had already brought enslaved Africans to what was to become South Carolina. The enslaved people here quickly defected to local Indigenous populations, and compelled their captors to flee. Deploying such illuminating research, The Dawning of the Apocalypse is a riveting revision of the "creation myth" of settler colonialism and how the United States was formed. Here, Gerald Horne argues forcefully that, in order to understand the arrival of colonists from the British Isles in the early 17th century, one must first understand the "long 16th century" - from 1492 until the arrival of settlers in Virginia in 1607.

In retelling the bloodthirsty story of the invasion of the Americas, Horne recounts how the fierce resistance by Africans and their Indigenous allies weakened Spain and enabled London to dispatch settlers to Virginia in 1607. These settlers laid the groundwork for the British Empire and its revolting spawn that became the United States of America.

©2020 Gerald Horne (P)2021 Tantor
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Horrible narration

I found my mind drifting after listening to the first two minutes. They could have saved money by using a text-to-speech generator. I was really looking forward to listening to this book but this performance deemed it a waste of money.

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