A History of the United States (Palgrave Essential by Philip Jenkins

By Philip Jenkins

This established introductory text provides a lucid, authoritative account of the process American historical past, discussing political, social, financial and cultural advancements. during this revised and updated new version, Jenkins reports the 2008 presidential election, the commercial concern and up to date environmental issues.  

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When war Page 16 threatened in 1643, Massachusetts Bay was the core of an entity called the ‘United Colonies of New England’. The religious justification of the new colonies was expressed in the missionary outreach to the native communities. The key figure here was John Eliot, pastor of Roxbury, who by the 1650s had translated the catechism and some of the Scriptures into Indian languages. His missionary venture also involved the formation of Christian communities, ‘praying towns’ on the model pioneered by the Catholics in South America and elsewhere.

Though true of most communities, these points are amply illustrated by the triumph of the black churches in maintaining a preeminence in African-American life over the last two centuries. Whatever the reasons, the continued strength of religious ideas has constantly shaped American political discourse, both in utopian and apocalyptic directions. Page xxi In 1842 Charles Dickens visited the United States, and he subsequently published accounts of his visit in the books American Notes and Martin Chuzzlewit.

Sometimes destruction by biological means was quite deliberate, as in the 1760s when the British ransacked smallpox hospitals for contaminated bedding to offer as gifts to the Ottawa peoples. For all the savagery of the centuries-long wars, North American Indians suffered far less from bullets or cannon shells than what has been termed the ‘biological unification of mankind’. THE CONQUISTADORES As in South America, the first European presence in the north was Spanish, when Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida Page 7 in 1513.

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