10/13/2016 Gregory L. Wright

Native Americans and the Complex History of America

  • Mark Charles Mark Charles Image Credit: Deb Grove

Mark Charles, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Native News Online, discusses the racial and cultural complexities of American history during Franklin & Marshall College's Common Hour Oct. 12. In his talk, "A Native Perspective on the Buried History of America," Charles cited Columbus Day, observed earlier this week, as an example of those complexities. He asked, "What does it say about our national identity that we still have a federal holiday based on the idea that a man who was lost at sea 'discovered America'? How can you 'discover' a land that was already inhabited by thousands and thousands of people?" Common Hour is a community discussion held each Thursday that classes are in session during the semester. 

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