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A Short History of the United States by Robert V. Remini

By Robert V. Remini

providing an abbreviated, obtainable, and vigorous narrative historical past of the us, this erudite quantity includes the basic proof concerning the discovery, cost, development, and improvement of the yank state and its associations. Robert V. Remini explores the coming and migration of local americans during the Western Hemisphere and their achievements; the invention of the hot global via Europeans and the institution of colonies by way of the Spanish, French, English, and Dutch; the reasons of the yankee Revolution; the founding of a republic less than the structure; the formation of political events; the conflict of 1812 and the ensuing monetary and cultural alterations; the democratic impetus through the Jacksonian period; westward enlargement and the Mexican conflict; the fight over slavery, which resulted in the Civil warfare; Reconstruction and the increase of massive enterprise; the emergence of the U.S. as an international strength; the descent into the good melancholy; the worldwide conflicts of the 20th century; the increase of conservatism; and the outbreak of terrorism right here and out of the country.

moreover, Remini illustrates how former English topics slowly remodeled themselves into americans, and exhibits how a set of sovereign, self reliant colonies united to create a possible, regularly evolving republican executive whose democratic rules mirror the altering mores and attitudes of the voters it represents. He explains the explanations for the nation's detailed and enduring strengths, its inventive and cultural accomplishments, its genius in constructing new items to promote to the realm, and its abiding dedication to person freedoms.

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So the electors unanimously elected him chief executive and John Adams Vice President. Coming from Massachusetts, Adams provided a good balance to Washington, a Virginian—thus both North and South were represented in the executive branch—and his career as a public servant and his contributions in the struggle for independence placed him in the front ranks of American statesmen. He was among the members who had negotiated the treaty that ended the Revolution, and he had represented the new nation at various times in France, Holland, and England.

It was an arrangement by which England followed a policy of “salutary neglect,” a policy that suited the needs of the inhabitants and buttressed their sense of their right as Englishmen to conduct their own affairs. The problem of Indian resistance to the constant need of colonists for land frequently resulted in all-out war. When the Puritans moved into the Connecticut River valley in the 1630s a full-scale conflict broke out with the Pequot in 1637 and resulted in the virtual extermination of that tribe.

This tribe had greeted the Pilgrims when they first arrived on Cape Cod and had had friendly relations with the settlers. But these relations soured over time, and the hanging of several Wampanoag, including the brother of Metacom, touched off the war and soon involved many of the other tribes in the surrounding area. It ended with King Philip’s death in August 1676, when his severed head was put on public display. The Fr ench cons tit u ted another problem for the English settlers. In their search for furs they had spilled down from Canada into the western regions beyond the Appalachian Mountains and around the Great Lakes.

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