Guisepi This is the story of how the American Republic developed from colonial beginnings in the 16th century, when the first European explorers arrived, until modern times. At the same time, the population and the economy of the United States grew and changed dramatically.
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Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independencewhich says that all of us have an equal right to " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Instead of restating the same history that has been presented for centuries, Zinn states that he prefers to tell history from the perspective of the Arawaks, which many people are not familiar with.
He describes the purpose of Columbus' expedition and his brutality towards the natives after his arrival. Not only does he use firsthand account of witnesses to Columbus' presence in the islands, he also provides statistics of native casualties to present this different side of history.
Zinn writes of the methods by which he says racism was created artificially in order to enforce the economic system. He argues that racism is not natural because there are recorded instances of camaraderie and cooperation between black slaves and white servants in escaping from and in opposing their subjugation.
Chapter 3, "Persons of Mean and Vile Condition" describes Bacon's Rebellionthe economic conditions of the poor in the colonies, and opposition to their poverty.
Zinn uses Nathaniel Bacon 's rebellion to assert that "class lines hardened through the colonial period". Zinn argues that the Founding Fathers agitated for war to distract the people from their own economic problems and to stop popular movements, a strategy that he claims the country's leaders would continue to use in the future.
Chapter 5, "A Kind of Revolution" covers the war and resistance to participating in war, the effects on the Native American people, and the continued inequalities in the new United States. When the land of veterans of the Revolutionary War was seized for non-payment of taxes, it led to instances of resistance to the government, as in the case of Shays' Rebellion.
Zinn wrote that "governments - including the government of the United States - are not neutral If you look through high school textbooks and elementary school textbooks in American history, you will find Andrew Jackson the frontiersman, soldier, democrat, man of the people — not Jackson the slaveholder, land speculator, executioner of dissident soldiers, exterminator of Indians.
Zinn writes that President James Polk agitated for war for the purpose of imperialism. Zinn argues that the war was unpopular, but that some newspapers of that era misrepresented the popular sentiment. Zinn writes that the large-scale violence of the war was used to end slavery instead of the small-scale violence of the rebellions because the latter may have expanded beyond anti-slavery, resulting in a movement against the capitalist system.
He writes that the war could limit the freedom granted to African-Americans by allowing the government control over how that freedom was gained. Chapter 10, "The Other Civil War", covers the Anti-Rent movementthe Dorr Rebellionthe Flour Riot ofthe Molly Maguiresthe rise of labor unionsthe Lowell girls movement, and other class struggles centered around the various depressions of the 19th century.
He describes the abuse of government power by corporations and the efforts by workers to resist those abuses.
The Teller Amendment is discussed. Zinn portrays the wars as racist and imperialist and opposed by large segments of the American people.
Chapter 13, "The Socialist Challenge", covers the rise of socialism and anarchism as popular political ideologies in the United States.
Du Boisand the Progressive Party which Zinn portrays as driven by fear of radicalism. Chapter 14, "War Is the Health of the State" covers World War I and the anti-war movement that happened during it, which was met with the heavily enforced Espionage Act of Zinn argues that the United States entered the war in order to expand its foreign markets and economic influence.
Zinn states that, despite popular belief, the s were not a time of prosperity, and the problems of the Depression were simply the chronic problems of the poor extended to the rest of the society.
Also covered is the Communist Party 's attempts to help the poor during the Depression. Chapter 16, "A People's War? Zinn, a veteran of the war himself, notes that "it was the most popular war the US ever fought",  but states that this support may have been manufactured through the institutions of American society.
He cites various instances of opposition to fighting in some cases greater than those during World War I as proof. Zinn also argues that the US's true intention was not fighting against systematic racism, since the US had this itself, such as with the Jim Crow laws leading to opposition to the war from African-Americans.
Another argument made by Zinn is that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not necessary, as the U. The chapter continues into the Cold Warwhich Zinn writes was used by the U. Zinn believes this was possible because both conservatives and liberals willingly worked together in the name of anti-Communism.
Chapter 17, "'Or Does It Explode?Jul 26, · Tom Mooney, M.A. History of the United States of America, University of Tulsa Graduate School () This is a more personal take. My Japanese mother is in her late 80’s now and lived through WWII as a young woman. The tariff history of the United States spans from to present.
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Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham. History of the United States of America The MacMillan Company, New York, The following ten chapters from the original book by Henry William Elson were transcribed by Kathy Leigh.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE USA. By Tim Lambert. PART ONE COLONIAL AMERICA. Life in 18th Century Colonial America. THE FOUNDATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. In Articles of Confederation were drawn up which joined the states into a loose federation.
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