American Stories: A History of The United States, Combined by T. H. Breen, H. W. Brands, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross

By T. H. Breen, H. W. Brands, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross

Focuses readers at the tale of yankee history.

American tales complements the accessibility of usa historical past by means of focusing on the main in most cases taught subject matters whereas conserving a powerful narrative emphasis and chronological association. every one bankruptcy follows a constant constitution that maximizes comprehension. The textual content is going past the most important occasions that experience formed the United States through the use of major incidents to mirror old dilemmas and the choices made through the yank humans and their leaders. The authors tension topics and concepts that proceed to impact americans, as they think the influence of swap on human lives provides an important layer to knowing historical past.

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They approach me in a half-hesitant sort of way, eye me curiously or compassionately, and then, instead of saying directly, How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville;* or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word. And yet, being a problem is a strange experience,––peculiar even for one who has never been anything else, save perhaps in babyhood and in Europe.

Up to June, 1869, over half a million patients had been treated by Bureau physicians and surgeons, and sixty hospitals and asylums had been in operation. In fifty months twenty-one million free rations were distributed at a cost of over four million dollars. Next came the difficult question of labor. First, thirty thousand black men were transported from the refuges and relief stations back to the farms, back to the critical trial of a new way of working. Plain instructions went out from Washington: the laborers must be free to choose their employers, no fixed rate of wages was prescribed, and there was to be no peonage or forced labor.

Slowly but steadily, in the following years, a new vision began gradually to replace the dream of political power,––a powerful movement, the rise of another ideal to guide the unguided, another pillar of fire by night after a clouded day. It was the ideal of “book-learning”; the curiosity, born of compulsory ignorance, to know and test the power of the cabalistic letters of the white man, the longing to know. Here at last seemed to have been discovered the mountain path to Canaan; longer than the highway of Emancipation and law, steep and rugged, but straight, leading to heights high enough to overlook life.

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