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

By Robert V. Remini

delivering an abbreviated, available, and full of life narrative background of the us, this erudite quantity includes the fundamental evidence in regards to the discovery, payment, development, and improvement of the yank country and its associations. Robert V. Remini explores the arriving and migration of local americans through the Western Hemisphere and their achievements; the invention of the hot international by way of Europeans and the institution of colonies by way of the Spanish, French, English, and Dutch; the motives of the yankee Revolution; the founding of a republic lower than the structure; the formation of political events; the conflict of 1812 and the ensuing financial and cultural adjustments; the democratic impetus throughout the Jacksonian period; westward enlargement and the Mexican warfare; the fight over slavery, which resulted in the Civil struggle; Reconstruction and the increase of huge company; the emergence of the USA 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 in a foreign country.

moreover, Remini illustrates how former English topics slowly reworked themselves into americans, and indicates how a set of sovereign, autonomous colonies united to create a possible, continuously evolving republican govt whose democratic ideas replicate the altering mores and attitudes of the electorate it represents. He explains the explanations for the nation's precise 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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It began with the capture of Savannah in December 1778. General Clinton sailed from New York with an army of 8,500; captured Charleston; and compelled the American general, Benjamin Lincoln, to surrender his army of over 5,000. Lord Cornwallis replaced Clinton, who returned to New York, while Congress appointed General Gates to supersede Lincoln. Gates’s appointment was a mistake. He suffered the worst American defeat of the war at Camden, South Carolina, when his troops fled the field in disarray.

This act was followed the next year by the Quartering Act, which required the colonies to provide lodging for troops stationed in their communities to protect them. The Stamp Act, which came a few days later, added a tax stamp to be placed on newspapers, legal documents, contracts, playing cards, marriage licenses, land deeds, and a host of other items that involved paper. It was the first direct tax levied by Parliament on the colonies. These acts—the Sugar, Quartering, and Stamp Acts—created quite an uproar in the colonies—the legal class was particularly hard hit by the Stamp Act—and James Otis in Massachusetts proposed that a general meeting of delegates from each of the colonies meet to take action against the Stamp Act.

A new prime minister in London, Lord North, took over from Townshend in 1770 and ordered the repeal of the duties, except for a tax of three pennies a pound on tea, which was meant more as a symbol of Parliament’s authority than as a producer of revenue. Radical activists who plotted to bring about a revolution kept stirring up popular resentment against British rule. ” He urged the formation of committees of correspondence and in 1772 set up such committees in every Massachusetts town. The idea prompted Thomas Jefferson of Virginia to aid in the formation of similar committees throughout the colonies.

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