A Concise History of the United States of America (Cambridge by Susan-Mary Grant

By Susan-Mary Grant

Born out of violence and the aspirations of its early settlers, the us of the US has turn into one of many world's strongest countries, while its earlier maintains to notify its current and to mildew its very identification as a country. the quest for nationhood and the ambiguities upon which the country was once based are on the root of this clever and forthright ebook. Taking a extensively chronological procedure, it starts off in colonial the US because the first Europeans arrived, lured by means of the promise of monetary revenue, pushed via non secular piety, and followed through the ailments which might ravage and devour the local populations. It explores the tensions inherent in a rustic equipped on slave exertions within the identify of liberty, one pressured to say its solidarity and re-evaluate its beliefs within the face of secession and civil conflict, and person who struggled to set up ethical supremacy, army safeguard, and financial balance in the course of the monetary crises and worldwide conflicts of the 20 th century. Woven via this richly crafted examine of America's moving social and political landscapes are the a number of voices of the nation's historical past: slaves and slave vendors, revolutionaries and reformers, infantrymen and statesmen, immigrants and refugees. it's their voices, including these of today's multicultural the United States, that outline the USA on the sunrise of a brand new century.

About the Author
Susan-Mary provide is Professor of yankee historical past at Newcastle collage. She is the writer of North Over South: Northern Nationalism and American identification within the Antebellum period (2000), The warfare for a country: the yankee Civil battle (2006) and editor of Legacy of Disunion: the long-lasting importance of the yank Civil struggle (2003) and issues of the yank Civil battle: The conflict among the States (2010).

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Promotional literature, therefore, hinted that, with just a little effort, this new world would become an improved extension of the old and, with perhaps rather more effort, its “naked and wild” inhabitants could become English. The earliest reports to emerge from the New World had consistently presented it as both foreign and potentially domestic, for obvious reasons. Just as one cannot describe a color one has never seen, neither could America be described without reference to Europe, or specifically to England.

America, specifically Virginia, named by Ralegh for the “Virgin Queen,” was frequently described not just as an Edenic garden or virgin land, but as a metaphorical female virgin. ” This feminization of the landscape was neither specific to him nor to the south of the Americas, but was an intrinsic element in Virginia’s appeal in early descriptive and, later, directly promotional literature. In part, this grew out of the rhetoric of colonization that looked to the New World not only as a land to be conquered by male explorers and adventurers, but as one potentially pregnant with material possibilities and capable of producing, in a sense, an heir to English ambitions in the form of a transplanted England.

The sixteenth century was a violent age, made more so by the religious realignments prompted by, first, the Protestant Reformation inaugurated by Martin Luther in 1517 and, later, England’s version of it, ushered in by Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy (1534) through which he challenged the power of the papacy and established himself as head of the Church of England. When that, coupled with the inevitable greed for gold and all the power that it could purchase, moved across the Atlantic, the results were devastating.

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