J Daniel Valencia

THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY OF COLUMBUS DAY

Shiny Happy Columbus Growing up in the 80s, elementary school in New Jersey meant Columbus day was the unofficial start of fall. Even though Columbus Day and Thanksgiving book-ended Halloween, they sort of glommed together. To an eight year old boy with a fertile imagination and a tendency not to question adults (boy, did that change) I had it in my head that Columbus comes to America, sticks a flag in the sand, gets the Indians all civilized; meanwhile the British party on Halloween and get to feeling a little inadequate, and within a month’s time they are in New England…

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