First, let me say that I was pleased with last week's blog post. They were, for the most part, well thought out and well written (some of you wrote some AWESOME post!!!). Not to mention that you cut down on the "love fest" responses... thank you.
Ok, this week we're going to look at Jamestown (not physically, but historically). It has been said that "History is a series of judgments" (which is true and goes in line with my first rule of history). Jamestown has a deep historical connection to the forming of this great nation, as I'm sure you know. Yet, there is some controversy about how Jamestown, VA should be remembered.
We know that Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and is the birthplace of our modern form of democracy (the House of Burgesses), yet it also is responsible for introducing a health menace by developing high-quality tobacco to the Old World (and eventually the entire world), introducing slavery in the New World (1619) and the beginning of the act of driving off Native Americans from their land.
Therefore, this week's topic question is:
Should Jamestown be celebrated as the great birthplace of America, or should it be known for the negative impact that it had? Can both viewpoints co-exist? Defend your point-of-view.