Romans vs. Iroquois

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LanguageEnglish Language
U.S. HistoryColonial America: 1600-1754

Transcript

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In this corner – the Romans! And we’re not talking about modern-day Romans…

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these guys lived thousands of years ago.

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The very people who hung out in the Coliseum.

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Weighing in at 238 pounds,

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the Romans have a Republic system of government…

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… in which public opinion reigns supreme.

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Their leaders exist to serve the people, rather than themselves. In theory at least.

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They are consumed by making scientific, philosophical and intellectual advances.

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They believe knowledge is power.

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They’ve got good heads on their shoulders… but we shall see if they’re still there

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by the time this match is all over!

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In the other corner – the Iroquois!

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Initially thought to be savage, unintelligent beasts by early colonists, these guys have

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proven that they are anything but!

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The Iroquois League actually consists of several large groupings of tribes…

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…and is a prime example of the sophisticated system of government that the Indians have developed.

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Among them – Cadwallader Colden…

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Mr. Colden, while studying the Iroquois, was actually accepted as a Mohawk…

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… although he wasn’t forced to adopt the hairstyle.

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Colden realized by studying these individuals

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that they were actually very similar to the ancient Romans…

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Their systems of government, emphasis on broadening minds, and belief that the power

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should belong to the people links these two groups closely together.

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Now… are you ready to rumble?!

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Wait…Wait! WAIT!! Hold on a second… what are you doing…?

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I hope none of you are still expecting to get a paycheck!