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Again, a very well written introduction to a subject that prior to reading I did not have enough knowledge I liked that the author did not shy away from critisicing the subject of discussion This short essay also helped my finally put the major events of US history in the correct boxes and understand the chronological sequence of events I also liked to put the chronology of immigrants in place, which helped explain while southern and eastern Europe immigrants also faced discrimination that the English, Germans and Scandinavians seemed immune to.It also highlighted the presidents that I share the most with, such as FDR, being by far the most admirable one, as well as TR, LBJ at least as far as internal affairs are concerned since his weak international presence is already notorious and, naturally, Lincoln.Overall a great read, tha helps to put into perspective both why the present day US is as it is, as well as its overall position in history of the world While usually being critical of the country, I cannot help but agree with the authors conclusion, that the good of the nation definetely outweight the bad. American History A Very Short Introduction provides its reader with as comprehensive a look at American political, social and cultural history as is possible in under 200 small pages the standard format for the Very Short Introduction series, whose books are not only short but small as well and in a well written manner Virtually every event, person of significance and movement in American history receives at least a mention, which must have been a difficult task to accomplish given the strictures What it does not do, however, is provide consistently up to date scholarship or a proper sense of proportion of America s triumphs to failures It also contains a few errors and some of Boyer s interpretations of events will provoke disagreement with those who do not share his political leanings.Boyer essentially begins with the English settlement of North America, dispensing with the pre Columbian native peoples, Leif Ericson and non English Europeans in only a few pages The colonial period is one of the book s strengths as Boyer explains the development of the English settlements at Jamestown and Plymouth and the social development of the New World as different from that of the Old The events leading to the Revolution are also nicely cataloged, and Boyer takes us from the post Revolutionary war period through the Gilded Age in a fairly conventional manner.Some of Boyer s interpretations of events rely on dated scholarship, however A simplistic search for foreign markets accounts entirely for the Spanish American War His account of the New Deal places the stock market crash in the role of catalyst of the Great Depression failing to mention the role of monetary policy, which is at the core of today s economic understanding He also dredges up the traditional misconception that Americans fondness for coffee dates from the Boston Tea Party and incorrectly cites the date of England s Glorious Revolution Boyer also cites a famous utterance by Andrew Jackson in defiance of the Supreme Court that is considered apocryphal.Although explicitly Boyer strives for objectivity he does not always achieve it His account is generally well balanced through Reconstruction, but his leftward leanings emerge shortly thereafter and his interpretation of events from the Gilded Age to the present too often becomes predictable and selective Progressives are, unsurprisingly for a University of Wisconsin professor, lauded and nearly every legislative enactment of the New Deal and Great Society is given space Like many historians, though, Boyer mistakes these enactments as achievements in their own right, and rarely analyzes whether they, in fact, accomplished their goals For instance, he credits President Clinton with welfare reform but never asks why a Democratic president would see the need to reform it in the first place His characterization of today s Tea Party as an offshoot of the religious right ignores the firestorm that occurred a result of policies that were perceived to bailout the impecunious whether on Wall Street, in the housing market or the auto industry at the expense of those who had behaved in a fiscally responsible manner in the Tea Party members views.Boyer concludes by cataloging America s many challenges and faults as he finds them today Nonetheless, he concludes that when the balance is drawn, America s record of achievement in advancing human well being may ultimately outweigh the rest and prove alasting measure of national greatness than transient imperial power, military might, or a mere abundance of ephemeral material goods The reader will likely need consult another book to understand, however, why that is. [Download Epub] ☸ American History: A Very Short Introduction ♗ In A Miracle Of Concision, Paul S Boyer Provides A Wide Ranging And Authoritative History Of America, Capturing In A Compact Space The Full Story Of Our Nation Ranging From The Earliest Native American Settlers To The Presidency Of Barack Obama, This Very Short Introduction Offers An Illuminating Account Of Politics, Diplomacy, And War As Well As The Full Spectrum Of Social, Cultural, And Scientific Developments That Shaped Our CountryHere Is A Masterful Picture Of America S Achievements And Failures, Large Scale Socio Historical Forces, And Pivotal Events Boyer Sheds Light On The Colonial Era, The Revolution And The Birth Of The New Nation Slavery And The Civil War Reconstruction And The Gilded Age The Progressive Era, The Roaring Twenties And The Great Depression The Two World Wars And The Cold War That Followed Right Up To The Tragedy Of, The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan, And The Epoch Making Election Of Barack Obama Certain Broad Trends Shape Much Of The Narrative Immigration, Urbanization, Slavery, Continental Expansion, The Global Projection Of US Power, The Centrality Of Religion, The Progression From An Agrarian To An Industrial To A Post Industrial Economic Order Yet In Underscoring Such Large Themes, Boyer Also Highlights The Diversity Of The American Experience, The Importance Of Individual Actors, And The Crucial Role Of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, And Social Class In Shaping The Contours Of Specific Groups Within The Nation S Larger Tapestry And Along The Way, He Touches Upon The Cultural Milestones Of American History, From Tom Paine S The Crisis To Allen Ginsberg S HowlAmerican History A Very Short Introduction Is A Panoramic History Of The United States, One That Covers Virtually Every Topic Of Importance And Yet Can Be Read In A Single Day An excellent introduction to the history of the United States of America. I know that this is a very short introduction not a comprehensive one However, there were some topics that weren t even considered and they are important when one wants to give an overview of American History The book lacks because of it and that s why I didn t enjoy it like I use to when I read books from this collection I felt I didn t exactly have an overview of the history of the nation, just a personal perspective of what the author thinks are the BIG events throughtout the years Well, duh what can you expect You will always read personal perspectives even with history books I know It just seems that this was a compilation of facts and I didn t get the feel of the country, the American ethos in a certain period of time That was what I wanted to feel when reading this book, if that makes any sense. So, I ve finally finished American History A Very Short Introduction by Paul S Boyer It took me quite a while, but I enjoyed the read This book gives a broad overview of the history of America As I am very interested in history, I knew a lot of things But I also gained a lot of new knowledge I liked the parts about the older history of Americathan the contemporary history The chapters about the Declaration of Independence, Slavery and Conflicts were super interesting Some things were quite difficult to understand, mostly because of very technical terms I don t even know in my mother tongue German.I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot I read about famous people, which was very interesting The other half was mostly about contemporary history, which I know a lot about because of me studying history as well It was a bit tiring for me to read it all over again But it s still an important era for American history The book wasn t that objective in my opinion It felt like the author put a lot of his thoughts and believes into the book I m also not so sure if the book is politically correct in all ways.All in all, it was a very informative but long read I enjoyed the book and gained some new information It s a good overview of the history of America I enjoyed American Women s History A Very Short Introduction a lotto be honest. Tempted to give five stars Very good primer Four hundred years in 138 pages Clear, well written Obviously pretty basic but I still learned a lot Pretty impressive achievement by the author American History A Very Short Introduction When the balance is drawn, despite its many indelible dark passages shortcomings, America may truly be considered a great nation for its advancements of the human rights, social justice, and of the arts and science that have collectively propelled the human civilisation forward Remarkably, history does not lend support to the notion of American exceptionalism it shows that the rise of US to global preeminence was really a combined results of an extraordinary concentration of enlightened individuals who drafted the US Constitution, the universal appeal of liberty, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness that attracted the best minds from around the global during two world wars, American Civil War, Progressive movements and Civil Rights Movements that healed the political divide and forged a cohesive American national identity, the exceptionally good fortunate of history during the two world wars that not only left US industry unaffected but also supplied the US with great talents and crucial economic stimulus, and the system s barely functional ability for continued correction and revival Beginnings Pre history to 1793 is about early settlement, colonisation, growing independence sentiments, and no taxation without representation 1763 1789 Revolution, Constitution, a new nation is about war for independence and the drafting of US Constitution guided by the nation s own history and Enlightenment philosophies 1789 1850 The promise and perils of nationhood is about early formation of political parties and the political swings as a result of different parties representing different interests.1850 1865 Slavery and Civil War is about civil war led by Lincoln to end not quite slavery the ensuing reconstruction and the remaining problems behind Emancipation Proclamation.1866 1900 Industrialization and its consequences is about the unsettling realties of Laissez faire capitalism as described by Mark Twin as the Gilded Age during early industrialisation and the debate on social Darwinism.1900 1920 Reform and war is about Progressive Movement social reform by Teddy Roosevelt to moderate capitalism and WWI the start of the American Century 1920 1945 From conflict to global power is about the roaring twenties and again the untamed consequence of capitalism, followed by Great Depression, New Deal to counter Great Depression, and WWII that brought US to global preeminence 1945 1968 Affluence and social unrest is about post WWII abundance and Civil Rights Movements and Cold War To the present is about ending Cold War, Reagan and Bush tax cuts that benefited the rich, Obama s election, sifting democracies, challenges by emerging economies and muchcomplicated domestic and global issues ahead for the United States PrefaceThe difficulty of conturing American history is characterised by the author as Of the many challenges confronting anyone rash enough to set about writing an American history, perhaps the most formidable is simply to penetrate the dense clouds of myth, preconceptions, and ideological abstractions that sometimes seem to envelop the nation s history so completely that the unadorned reality disappears in the mists American is many things to her inhabitants European viewed America a New World full of hope Waves of immigrants carried the same hope of Liberty Some subscribed religious significance to such as the Puritans These evangelical Americans viewed America has having a special place in God s cosmic scheme The semi secular notion of American exceptionalism endorsed by Reagan as a shining city on a hill Common themes throughout this book immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental expansion the global projection of U.S power, the centrality of religion, the progression from an agrarian to an industrial to a post industrial economic order Due to character constraint, the full version of my excerpts review is available at A highly competent but not particularly enjoyable book By necessity, the author has condensed US history to such an extent that I didn t feel I had gained much in the way of understanding I also felt that the author s liberal political views were over represented in the book it s not that I disagree with them it s just that I felt it skewed the book towards progressive political history at the expense of other areas Worth a read, but perhaps less so if you already know a bit about US history. First of all, it s Native Americans , not Indians The word Indian is yet another word that reflects white suppession of the identity of people of colour We re not really in India but I ma call them Indians any way, because fuck their sense of self Only half of the parts supposedly devoted to abolitionists and the Black Rights Movements cover those topics, while the other half is devoted to barely related actions by white presidents I m also pretty sure you can t use blacks as a noun, but that it is African Americans or people of colour or, if you want to be wordy, people of African descent And now that we are talking about people of colour, which includes but is not restricted to black people where are all the non black people of colour in this narrative Hispanic immigrants are only casually mentioned in this history on page 112 of 139, and discussed a little bitextensively in the last chapter.Thirdly, I m also relatively certain that the KKK didthan just march, rally, and burn crosses in the night to intimidate blacks Things like, I don t know, lynching, murder, torture, rape, and serious harassment But hey, at least Paul S Boyer knows how to use the Oxford comma.Fourthly, while attempting to condemn the post WWII racism towards the Japanese not the Asians, dear Paul boy Asia is the continent Japan is the country , Boyer use the term vicious ethnic stereotypes , conveniently sidestepping the fact that that very word ethnic is defined from a white perspective, deeming everything that is not white as ethnic the Other Which in my opinion is almost as bad as calling a POC exotic.As a fifth point of disagreement, the rise of women s rights and feminism is restricted to one or two paragraphs in the later chapters And people wonder why there is no Men s History Oh, oh wait, I think that s because EVERYTHING IS MEN S HISTORY Note the term men refers to middle and upper class white straight males with political and economic influence, read money Also As gender discrimination faded, OH SORRY WHAT IS THAT I CAN T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF WOMEN BEING HARRASSED, RAPED, THREATENED, AND OR KILLED BECAUSE OF THEIR GENDER, WITH A STAGGERING MAJORITY OF TRANS WOMEN OF COLOUR COMBINING THE VIOLENCE OF RACISM, MISOGYNY, AND TRANSPHOBIA AND I M NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE HATRED TOWARDS OTHER NON BINARY GENDER IDENTITIES, INTERNALISED MISOGYNY AMONGST WOMEN, THE PERSISTENT WAGE GAP MOST PROMINENT WITH WOMEN OF COLOUR, I CAN GO ON LIKE THIS FOR A WHILE BUT I THINK I MADE MY POINT.Oh, and of course the gays are not mentioned At all Go straight white boys