A People and a Nation: A History of the United States (8th Edition)

A People and a Nation: A History of the United States (8th Edition)

Mary Beth Norton

Language: English

Pages: 1087

ISBN: 1133312721

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A People and a Nation offers a spirited narrative that challenges students to think about American history. The authors' attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging student readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past. The Eighth Edition offers highly readable stories and the latest scholarship throughout.

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captain to sail back to Britain. In Charleston, the tea was unloaded and stored; some was destroyed, the rest sold in 1776 by the new state government. The only confrontation occurred in Boston, where both sides—the town meeting, including participants from nearby towns, and Governor Thomas Hutchinson, two of whose sons were tea agents—rejected compromise. The first of three tea ships, the Dartmouth, entered Boston harbor on November 28. The customs laws required cargo to be landed and the

never completely ignore the threats posed by loyalists, neutrals, slaves, and Indians as well, but only rarely did fear of these groups seriously hamper the revolutionary movement. Occasionally backcountry militiamen refused to turn out for duty on the seacoast because they feared Indians would attack at home in their absence. Sometimes southern troops refused to serve in the North because they (and their political leaders) were unwilling to leave their regions unprotected against a slave

inexperienced army composed of militia and regulars, they had defeated the professional soldiers of the greatest military power in the world. They accomplished their goal more through persistence and commitment than through brilliance on the battlefield, a persistence that involved wives and families on the home front as well as soldiers. They had won only a few actual victories—most notably, at Trenton, Saratoga, and Yorktown—but their army always survived defeats to fight again, even after the

the long run, the future economic importance of the Europeans’ American colonies lay on the mainland rather than in the Caribbean. English Interest in Colonization The failure of Raleigh’s Roanoke colony ended English efforts to settle in North America for nearly two decades. When the English decided in 1606 to try once more, they again planned colonies that imitated the Spanish model. Yet, greater success came when they abandoned that model and founded settlements very different from those of

Europeans to eat new foods, speak new languages, and recognize—however reluctantly—the persistence of other cultural patterns. The prosperity and even survival of many of the European colonies depended heavily on the cultivation of American crops (maize and tobacco) and an Asian crop (sugar), thus attesting to the importance of post-Columbian ecological exchange. Political rivalries once confined to Europe spread around the globe, as England, Spain, Portugal, France, and the Netherlands vied for

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