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American History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Paul S. Boyer

By Paul S. Boyer

In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer offers a wide-ranging and authoritative historical past of the USA, taking pictures in a compact house the entire tale of our kingdom. starting from the earliest local American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very brief creation deals an illuminating account of politics, international relations, and conflict in addition to the complete spectrum of social, cultural, and clinical advancements that formed our nation.

Here is a masterful photograph of America's achievements and screw ups, large-scale socio-historical forces, and pivotal occasions. Boyer sheds mild at the colonial period, the Revolution and the start of the hot country; slavery and the Civil battle; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the revolutionary period, the Roaring Twenties and the good melancholy; the 2 global wars and the chilly warfare that undefined; correct as much as the tragedy of September 11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama. yes large traits form a lot of the narrative--immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental enlargement, the worldwide projection of U.S. strength, the centrality of faith, the development from an agrarian to an commercial to a post-industrial fiscal order. but in underscoring such huge issues, Boyer additionally highlights the range of the yankee adventure, the significance of person actors, and the an important position of race, ethnicity, gender, and social type in shaping the contours of particular teams in the nation's better tapestry. And alongside the way in which, he touches upon the cultural milestones of yank historical past, from Tom Paine's The difficulty to Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

American heritage: a really brief creation is a breathtaking background of the us, one who covers almost each subject of importance--and but may be learn in one day.


"Paul Boyer, a scholar's student and a teacher's instructor, has right here encompassed the whole thing of yank background in an account that testifies on each web page to his life of deep and considerate studying, and to his extraordinary powers of synthesis, concision, stability, and trenchantly lucid writing."--David M. Kennedy, writer of Freedom From worry: the yankee humans in melancholy and warfare, 1929-1945

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Hamilton also proposed that the federal government pay off the states’ war debts. Since this mainly benefitted the northern states, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison brokered a compromise under which the national capital would be in the South, on land ceded by Virginia and Maryland—today’s Washington, DC. During the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, when farmers of western Pennsylvania resisted a federal tax on distilled spirits, Hamilton donned his uniform and, with Washington, personally led troops to quash the protests.

Only a few gained freedom, however; most succumbed to illness or were recaptured. American History achievements, including the Treaty of Paris, securing American independence, and the Northwest Ordinance (1787), providing for the surveying, settlement, and formation of states in the territory bounded by the Appalachians, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. One notable provision funded public education through land sales. The ordinance prohibited slavery in the region and pledged to honor Indian treaties—the latter provision soon violated.

Agriculture—cotton and tobacco in the South, grains and livestock in the North and West—remained central. The annual value of America’s (mostly agricultural) exports reached $250 million by the 1850s. But industry grew as well, facilitated by skilled immigrants with knowledge of British production technologies. In 1822 Boston investors opened a mechanized cotton mill along the Merrimack River in nearby Lowell. Young farm women comprised the initial workforce, but immigrants soon replaced them. Soon, factories across the North were manufacturing textiles, shoes, clocks, guns, machinery, railroad cars, and myriad other products.

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