Breaking Down the United States’ Historical Obsession With Christopher Columbus

This statue of Christopher Columbus resides at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station in Washington, D.C. America’s love affair with Christopher Columbus has been a rocky one. Some savor his day to celebrate Italian-American heritage, while others chafe at the impropriety of honoring a man who enslaved and killed thousands of native peoples. That dichotomy was officially recognized when the government added another holiday designation to the second Monday in October: Indigenous Peoples Day . But our ubiquitous statues and “Columbias” testify to how passionately most of the nation once embraced Columbus. And if the object of such […]

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