Last episode I mentioned the two ways to really know a culture was trough their food and their music. But there are other ways that are quite frankly a little more fun: sex and drugs. The things a culture does in private gives us another chapter of the book of history that most historians often skip writing. And perhaps this is selfish, but I just am not that interested in the dogmas of religion and politics. It seems that that we want to focus on historical figures and their grandiose policies and edicts rather than the what the everyday man or woman endured. So, our next rule of history: Don’t focus on the 1% of history. If you do, you will only be looking at essentially elite white men, and as we all know by now there are plenty of other stories to tell. Howard Zinn started this notion with bottom up history in his work, People’s History of the United States, and has since evolved into the “from the gutter up” lens of history coined by Thaddeus Russell in his work A Renegade’s History of the United States.
Buckle up. Keep your arms and legs in the podcast at all times. It’s going to get trippy.
2:07 Drugs and Mesoamerican Culture
6:49 Sex in Mesoamerican Culture
10:08 Human Sacrifice in Mesoamerican Culture
14:56 Christopher Columbus
23:48 The Columbia Exchange
32:00 Ponce Deleon and Friends
Drugs in Early Americas Included 'Magic' Mushrooms and Toad Skins
Human sacrifice in Aztec culture
The Columbian Exchange
History of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States
Ponce de León, Exposed
Hernando de Soto
Vasco Núñez de Balboa