History of White People, Introduction and Chapter One

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Painter describes people reaching fashioning a narrative about their own origins based on the fragments of evidence and myth from distant places (eg Marco Polo placing Moses’ Mt. Ararat in Armenia.) Why do these origin stories matter? Other thoughts about the chapter?

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