By Paul S. Boyer

ISBN-10: 0199754543

ISBN-13: 9780199754540

In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer presents a wide-ranging and authoritative historical past of the US, taking pictures in a compact area the entire tale of our country. 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 battle in addition to the total spectrum of social, cultural, and clinical advancements that formed our state.

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 delivery of the recent country; slavery and the Civil battle; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the innovative period, the Roaring Twenties and the good melancholy; the 2 global wars and the chilly conflict that undefined; correct as much as the tragedy of Sep 11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama. sure vast traits 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 commercial to a post-industrial monetary order. but in underscoring such huge topics, 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 category in shaping the contours of particular teams in the nation's better tapestry. And alongside the best way, he touches upon the cultural milestones of yank historical past, from Tom Paine's The concern to Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

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


"Paul Boyer, a scholar's pupil and a teacher's instructor, has right here encompassed the whole lot of yank historical past 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 yank humans in melancholy and battle, 1929-1945

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From London’s perspective this seemed fair, since British troops had defeated the colonists’ French foes. These postwar taxes and other measures angered many colonists, however, since the colonies lacked representation in Parliament. In the Sugar Act (1764), the first of these measures, Parliament lowered duties on molasses the colonists imported from the 15 French West Indies but increased duties on other imported goods. To thwart smuggling, the act tightened inspection of colonial merchant ships and shifted smuggling cases from lenient local magistrates to Admiralty Courts headed by British judges.

Finding no weapons, the Redcoats returned to Boston under a hail of gunfire. By nightfall, the British had endured more than 270 casualties and the colonists nearly 100. 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.

By the 1830s, influenced by the European Romantic movement’s discovery of wilderness sublimity, picturesque villages, and ancient ruins, American artists sought inspiration in nature. Amid encroaching factories, cities, and railroads, Asher Durand and others painted romantic vistas of the Hudson and Connecticut Rivers, the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, and the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. American History novels romantically evoked the fate of Indians and woodsmen as farms and towns steadily advanced.

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