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 background of the US, shooting in a compact area the entire tale of our kingdom. starting from the earliest local American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very brief advent deals an illuminating account of politics, international relations, and battle in addition to the whole spectrum of social, cultural, and medical advancements that formed our kingdom.

Here is a masterful photo 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 start of the recent kingdom; slavery and the Civil battle; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the innovative period, the Roaring Twenties and the good melancholy; the 2 international wars and the chilly conflict that undefined; correct as much as the tragedy of 11th of September, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama. sure huge developments form a lot of the narrative--immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental enlargement, the worldwide projection of U.S. energy, the centrality of faith, the development from an agrarian to an business to a post-industrial financial order. but in underscoring such huge topics, Boyer additionally highlights the range of the yank event, the significance of person actors, and the the most 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 yankee background, from Tom Paine's The hindrance to Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

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


"Paul Boyer, a scholar's pupil and a teacher's instructor, has the following encompassed everything of yank heritage in an account that testifies on each web page to his life of deep and considerate studying, and to his striking powers of synthesis, concision, stability, and trenchantly lucid writing."--David M. Kennedy, writer of Freedom From worry: the yank humans in melancholy and struggle, 1929-1945

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On June 17, the Redcoats attacked armed colonists occupying Bunker Hill and Breeds Hill overlooking Boston. The colonists suffered more than 300 casualties, the British more than 1,000. 19 1763–1789: Revolution, Constitution, a new nation At the popular level, protesters erected liberty poles on town squares and sang ballads supporting the colonists’ cause. A poem in the Boston Gazette began: American History In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress sent a final appeal to George III, the so-called Olive Branch Petition, again expressing loyalty but urging a ceasefire in Boston, repeal of the Coercive Acts, and negotiations over disputed issues.

While conservative elites deplored the raw crudity of Jacksonian democracy, it did express the dynamism of an ambitious, expansive white population. In 1840, copying the Democrats’ innovative campaign tactics, the conservative, business-oriented Whigs mobilized torchlight parades, miniature log cabins, and hard cider to send Ohio’s William Henry Harrison, an aging politician and veteran of the Indian wars, to the White House. Unfortunately, Harrison contracted pneumonia after delivering an interminable open-air inaugural address and died a month later.

The Brook Farm utopian community in Massachusetts was a Transcendentalist project. In “The American Scholar” (1837), Emerson deplored Americans’ slavish intellectual deference to Europe and called 42 for a confident national culture rooted in American experience. ” In Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845), Margaret Fuller, editor of the Transcendentalist magazine The Dial, argued that a feminist component was essential to the cultural awakening Emerson envisioned. Along with high-minded writers and intellectuals, antebellum America spawned a raucous popular culture, anticipating today’s reality TV and supermarket tabloids.

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