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In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a federal holiday after intense lobbying by a Catholic service organization consisting largely of Italian Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people". When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void.
If you ask a New Yorker which monuments symbolize an immigrants introduction to this country, they'll quickly note two famous statues: the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the statue of Columbus atop the landmark circle that bears his name.
Many cities and a few states across the country have chosen to recognize the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day instead, honoring the tribes that lived on this land before Christopher Columbus arrived.
But not so fast, argue advocates of Indigenous Peoples Day, who say that Columbus was far from a hero.
While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases. "And to take the identity of Italian Americans away is ridiculous", he said.
"The implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Day has created feelings of pride, heritage and education about what truly happened (because of) Columbus", Frazer said. Even in recent years, historians have published new books about the ways Columbus impacted the modern world.
It has been tradition for years to celebrate their nationality on Columbus Day, stressed Tony Ippolito. One of them was Los Angeles.
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