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

By Paul S. Boyer

In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer presents a wide-ranging and authoritative background of the United States, taking pictures in a compact area the complete tale of our state. starting from the earliest local American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very brief creation bargains an illuminating account of politics, international relations, and warfare in addition to the entire spectrum of social, cultural, and clinical advancements that formed our kingdom.

Here is a masterful photograph of America's achievements and screw ups, large-scale socio-historical forces, and pivotal occasions. Boyer sheds gentle at the colonial period, the Revolution and the delivery of the hot state; slavery and the Civil warfare; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the innovative period, the Roaring Twenties and the nice melancholy; the 2 international wars and the chilly struggle that undefined; correct as much as the tragedy of Sept. 11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama. convinced wide traits form a lot of the narrative--immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental growth, the worldwide projection of U.S. energy, the centrality of faith, the development from an agrarian to an business to a post-industrial monetary order. but in underscoring such huge issues, Boyer additionally highlights the variety of the yank event, 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 greater tapestry. And alongside the best way, he touches upon the cultural milestones of yank heritage, from Tom Paine's The main issue to Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

American historical past: a truly brief advent is a breathtaking heritage of the U.S., one who covers nearly each subject of importance--and but could be learn in one day.


"Paul Boyer, a scholar's student and a teacher's instructor, has the following encompassed the whole thing of yank heritage in an account that testifies on each web page to his life of deep and considerate studying, and to his outstanding 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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Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1819, and in 1846 the United States, by agreement with Great Britain, acquired present-day Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In 1836 Anglo-American settlers in Texas, a part of Spanish Mexico, declared independence. Mexican troops killed 186 independence fighters defending San Antonio’s Alamo mission, but Texans led by Sam Houston, inspired by the battle cry “Remember the Alamo,” defeated Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto soon after, securing Texas independence.

The Constitution granted federal voting rights to everyone qualified to vote for the lower house of their state legislature. ) At slaveholders’ insistence, slavery was embedded into the nation’s founding charter. (Embarrassed about American History mentioning slavery in a document establishing a republic, the delegates referred euphemistically to “all other Persons” [Art. I, Sec. 2] and “Persons held to service or labor” [Art. IV, Sec. ) The Constitution required that slaves escaping from one state to another be returned to their masters; counted three-fifths of the slave population in apportioning representation in the House of Representatives; and even permitted the slave trade to continue for twenty years.

During the war, women gained managerial experience running farms and businesses for absent husbands and fathers. Elite women of Philadelphia, styling themselves Daughters of Liberty, raised funds for the Continental army. Some women found gender implications in revolutionary ideology. If the framers of the new government failed to “remember the Ladies,” John Adams’s wife, Abigail, warned him in 1776, only half in jest, “we . . ” Native Americans maneuvered precariously amid the imperial struggles.

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