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American History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

American History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Paul S. Boyer

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 019538914X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. Ranging from the earliest Native American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, diplomacy, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, cultural, and scientific developments that shaped our country.

Here is a masterful picture of America's achievements and failures, large-scale socio-historical forces, and pivotal events. Boyer sheds light on the colonial era, the Revolution and the birth of the new nation; slavery and the Civil War; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the Progressive era, the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression; the two world wars and the Cold War that followed; right up to the tragedy of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama. Certain broad trends shape much of the narrative--immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental expansion, the global projection of U.S. power, the centrality of religion, the progression from an agrarian to an industrial to a post-industrial economic order. Yet in underscoring such large themes, Boyer also highlights the diversity of the American experience, the importance of individual actors, and the crucial role of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class in shaping the contours of specific groups within the nation's larger tapestry. And along the way, he touches upon the cultural milestones of American history, from Tom Paine's The Crisis to Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

American History: A Very Short Introduction is a panoramic history of the United States, one that covers virtually every topic of importance--and yet can be read in a single day.

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One More River to Cross

Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution

Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women

The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief












most Americans endorsed President Truman’s triumphant claim: the atomic bomb had won the war and saved American lives. As in 1918, delirious crowds again celebrated victory. American History war,” and the dwindling ranks of veterans who fought in it as “the greatest generation.” As always, the war had social, economic, and cultural ramifications. Large numbers of Americans found jobs in war plants, accelerating long-term urbanization trends. As in 1917–18, many thousands of African Americans

contradictory aims, as Washington simultaneously sought to 109 1945–1968: Affluence and social unrest Russia and the United States demarcated their respective spheres of influence at the 38th parallel. On July 25, 1950, with Moscow’s approval, North Korean troops swept across this boundary and drove southward. The UN Security Council, taking advantage of a Soviet boycott, authorized a military response. In September, an amphibious landing at Inchon planned by General Douglas MacArthur, commander

well in 1950s America, as a cornucopia of consumer goods poured from the nation’s factories. Credit cards, introduced in 1950, facilitated the boom. American capitalism, declared one economist, had “left every other system in recorded history far behind.” After fifteen years of Depression and war, Americans pursued the good life. For many, the dream seemed attainable. Middle-class and many working-class white families flocked to burgeoning suburbs. A postwar baby boom boosted the sizzling economy.

persecuted English Quakers as well as European religious dissenters, including Swiss and German Mennonites. In 1664, amid a broader imperial conflict between England and the Netherlands, Nieuw Amsterdam’s governor surrendered to an occupying English force. Renamed New York (after the Duke of York, the future King James II), the colony became a thriving, ethnically diverse commercial center with a fertile agricultural hinterland in the Hudson Valley. As the Dutch patroons gradually lost power,

higher standards of earlier times would also have a long afterlife in American religion and public life. Although the contrast was sometimes overstated, colonial American society was characterized by less-rigid social hierarchies and gender roles than those generally found in Europe at the time. To be sure, even apart from slavery, colonial America was hardly the classless utopia some Enlightenment thinkers imagined. Every colony had its elite—ministers, lawyers, merchants; Virginia’s great

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