By Susan-Mary Grant
Born out of violence and the aspirations of its early settlers, the U.S. of the USA has turn into one of many world's strongest international locations, while its earlier maintains to notify its current and to mildew its very id as a country. the hunt 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 technique, it starts in colonial the United States because the first Europeans arrived, lured via the promise of monetary revenue, pushed through non secular piety, and observed via the ailments which might ravage and devour the local populations. It explores the tensions inherent in a rustic equipped on slave hard work within the identify of liberty, one compelled to say its harmony and re-evaluate its beliefs within the face of secession and civil battle, and person who struggled to set up ethical supremacy, army safety, and monetary balance throughout the monetary crises and worldwide conflicts of the 20th century. Woven via this richly crafted learn 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 truly is their voices, including these of today's multicultural the US, that outline the U.S. on the sunrise of a brand new century.
About the Author
Susan-Mary provide is Professor of yank heritage at Newcastle college. She is the writer of North Over South: Northern Nationalism and American id within the Antebellum period (2000), The conflict for a country: the yank Civil battle (2006) and editor of Legacy of Disunion: the long-lasting value of the yankee Civil battle (2003) and subject matters of the yankee Civil conflict: The conflict among the States (2010).
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Imagination, however, did transform it from an environment already populated into a blank canvass, a tabula rasa onto which a variety of European hopes and aspirations could be projected. Such flights of fancy as the English indulged toward America in the early seventeenth century had, too, a distinctly gendered tone. 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 this case, the clue was in the title. De Bry’s images for Las Casas’s work were not drawn from an overactive imagination, but reflected the subject of at least some of the texts emanating from Europe’s New World exploratory ventures. Las Casas, a Dominican priest who had taken part in the violence on Hispaniola and in Cuba, wrote from the heart and from personal experience when he described the horrific treatment meted out to the natives by Spanish colonists. 1. Battista Agnese’s world map, c.
Following in Hariot’s footsteps, although now with settlement as the prime motivation, it was not for nothing that Robert Johnson entitled his work Nova Britannia, and highlighted a landscape that differed from that of England only in degree, not in essence. 5. “A weroan or great Lorde of Virginia,” from Thomas Hariot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1590) 41: “The Princes of Virginia are attyred in suche manner as is expressed in this figure. They weare the haire of their heades long and bynde opp the ende of the same in a knot vnder thier eares .
A Concise History of the United States of America (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Susan-Mary Grant