The conversation about American torture is 400 years old | Aeon Essays

I’m reading Annie Proulx‘s Barskins, and her references to 18th century violence against others inspired me to find information that might validate the veracity of her descriptions.

I found the following link to an Aeon Newsletter essay by William Fitzhugh Brundage, the William B Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His latest book is Civilising Torture: An American Tradition (2018). 

Brundage’s assessment lends new credence to Homo sapiens‘ reputation as a species of killer apes.

“For 400 years, Americans have argued that their violence is justified while the violence of others constitutes barbarism …”
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