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In moral terms the Columbian legacy was to bring into contact and often conflict not only the human populations of Asia Africa Europe and the Americas but their plants animals and organisms their institutions values and ideas Axtell 2 In James Axtells article Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy he explains the colossal impact this merge of the two worlds had on each other especially the effect Europe and Asia had on the Americas In his thesis however Axtell shows the message he truly wants to convey in the article His thesis states If we have any hope of making moral sense of this great and ongoing event we must listen to all the voices not just a favorite one or few from the past as well as the present Even when they are weak or altogether especially then we must strain our empathy and imagination to hear them Axtell 2 In this Axtell points out that we must judge the past but only if we have heard all of the sides Only then can we draw a conclusion about any historical event James Axtell uses ideas about judgment of the past and ignorance of the past in his article and differs from Give Me Liberty because Axtell is more biased than Eric FonerAxtell says that we judge the past to advance our own moral education In essence this means that we gain knowledge from having a bias about the past Axtell claims that judging the past is a legitimate utility He states We judge the past all the time we are incapable of not doing it and we should do it Axtell 10 However Axtell makes it very clear that in order for us to judge the past we must do it well and do it for valid reasons As mentioned before we must hear all sides of a particular conflict to make a decision For instance in this article Axtell mentions gives snippets
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