American Elephants

Yoo Hoo! CEOs and Business Managers by The Elephant's Child

I know, I know. About your advertising. You have paid a lot for ads and not received the response you hoped for.  But opting for auto-play ads is a mistake. We’re not as interested in your ads as you assume, and when we park an article with an embedded auto-play ad with a few other saved pieces, it starts playing. And always very very loud. Our automatic reaction is to open the piece, note the name of the advertiser so we can permanently boycott the company and then discard the ad.

We really don’t believe that businesses seeking customers should be publicly playing politics. If you want to sell something, don’t start instructing us in how we should think. We can do very nicely without you. Thought  you might like to know.

Put This One on Your Christmas List, or Give It to a Good Friend by The Elephant's Child
November 5, 2017, 6:47 am
Filed under: Politics

This was a post I had intended to write just before Columbus Day, and I forgot. It’s simply an urge for you to buy a book. The book is 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. Terrific book,that is simply fascinating. I will copy from the inside of the dust jacket.

A GROUNDBREAKING STUDY that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago, existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness.But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear; archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

  • In 1491, there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
  • Certain cities—such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital—were far greater in population than any contemporary European City. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
  • The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
  • Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as “man’s first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering.”
  • Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it—a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
  • Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively “landscaped” by human beings.

Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

The book was published in 2005. There’s a paperback version, and used copies under $3.00, or new at $39.01 and  Charles C Mann followed it up with 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. You could probably tack up a copy of this on a campus bulletin board and cause a riot.

The First United States Census Took Place in August 1790 by The Elephant's Child

The first Census in the United States took  place beginning on August 2, 1790.  Although it took months to collect all the data from households, census takers were instructed to collect information as of August 2. In the first census the population of the United States was enumerated to be 3,929,214.

From Gordon S. Wood’s Empire of Liberty

Only 60 percent of the white population of well over three million remained English in ancestry. (1,800,000). 700 thousand of African descent. Tens of thousands of native Indians. All the peoples of Europe were present in the country, 9 percent German, 8 percent were Scots, 6 percent Scots-Irish, 4 percent were Irish, 3 percent Dutch, the remainder: French Swedes, Spanish, and people of unknown ethnicity.

African American Census schedules can be found at  The American Indian Census Rolls beginning in 1885-1940 can be found in the National Archives. There is not a census for every reservation for every year.

The National Census records can be found at the Bureau of the Census: https//

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