By John M. Murrin

How did the United States rework itself, in a comparatively few minutes, from a land inhabited by means of hunter-gatherer and agricultural local American societies into the main strong commercial country on the earth? you can find out in LIBERTY, EQUALITY, energy: A heritage OF the yank humans, CONCISE 5e. The authors inform this tale in the course of the lens of 3 significant issues: liberty, equality, and tool. you will study not just the impression of the notions of liberty and equality, but additionally how dominant and subordinate teams have affected and been tormented by the ever-shifting stability of energy.

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We emphasize, too, the successful struggles for freedom that, over the course of the last 230 years, have brought—first to all white men, then to men of color, and finally to women—rights and opportunities that they had not previously known. But we have also identified a third factor in this pantheon of American ideals: power. We examine power in many forms—the accumulation of economic fortunes that dominated the economy and politics; xxvii xxviii P R E F A C E Americans had to wait another 100 years, until the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to gain full access to American freedoms.

Indians became completely sedentary (nonmigratory) only in the most advanced cultures. Most of those living north of Mexico were migratory for part of each year. After a tribe chose a site, the men chopped down some trees, girdled others, burned away the underbrush, and often planted tobacco, a mood-altering sacred crop grown exclusively by men. Burning the underbrush fertilized the soil with ash and gave the community years of high productivity. Indian women usually erected the dwellings and planted and harvested food crops.

Enslaving pagan or Muslim Africans was another matter. Some Europeans even persuaded themselves that they were doing Africans a favor by buying them and making their souls eligible for salvation. PORTUGAL’S ASIAN EMPIRE In the 1480s the Portuguese government supported the quest for an all-water route to Asia. In 1487 Bartolomeu Dias reached the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa and headed east toward the Indian Ocean, but his crew rebelled in those stormy waters, and he turned back.

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