American History: A Very Short Introduction
by Paul S. Boyer
Editor: Oxford University Press
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This brief history of America will spread over the first migrations at the present time, reflecting Paul SBoyer interests in social, intellectual, cultural and historical life, including popular culture and religionHe testifies to his personal vision of American history, in which a sense of paradox and irony are crucialWhile taking note of the positive-political, economic, social and cultural resultshe will also discuss the Organization of Chess States at the height of his oft declared ideals; although America has figured in the world of imagination (and its own self-image) as a “land of opportunity” offers “freedom and justice for all”, reality has often been up to the challenge of the past.For example, the establishment of North American colonies had very different meanings for settlers in the British Isles and in Europe, for Aboriginal peoples, and for African slaves brought against their willThe end of the nineteenth century saw not only impressive industrial expansion and the creation of vast fortunes, but also appalling conditions in urban-immigrant, slum and degradation of the, exploitation of labor forceIn the twentieth century, the emergence of a suburb of consumer society, plenty means a better life for many people and laid the foundations for impressive cultural creativity, still left behind the crime plagued by city centers and gave birth to a hardening of mass cultureImmigrants who have renewed and revitalized the nation have also aroused hostility and resentmentWhile American popular culture has demonstrated the global appeal, the projection of U.S. military power abroad, from the Philippines in the early twentieth century, to Iraq in the early twenty-first, has sometimes failed and damaged the nation’s ends on the international scene.Although this book will not be a muckraking expose or anachronistic moral ways, nor be a panegyric celebration or a bland recital of factsABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every
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