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By Susan-Mary Grant

Born out of violence and the aspirations of its early settlers, the U.S. of the United States has develop into one of many world's strongest countries, at the same time its prior maintains to notify its current and to mold its very id as a country. the hunt for nationhood and the ambiguities upon which the kingdom used to be based are on the root of this clever and forthright publication. Taking a extensively chronological process, it starts in colonial the USA because the first Europeans arrived, lured by way of the promise of economic revenue, pushed by means of spiritual piety, and observed through the illnesses which might ravage and devour the local populations. It explores the tensions inherent in a rustic outfitted on slave exertions within the identify of liberty, one pressured to claim its solidarity and re-examine its beliefs within the face of secession and civil warfare, and one who struggled to set up ethical supremacy, army safety, and fiscal balance throughout the monetary crises and international conflicts of the 20 th century. Woven via this richly crafted research of America's moving social and political landscapes are the a number of voices of the nation's historical past: slaves and slave proprietors, revolutionaries and reformers, squaddies and statesmen, immigrants and refugees. it's their voices, including these of today's multicultural the US, that outline the us on the sunrise of a brand new century.

About the Author
Susan-Mary supply is Professor of yankee historical past at Newcastle collage. She is the writer of North Over South: Northern Nationalism and American id within the Antebellum period (2000), The warfare for a state: the yank Civil battle (2006) and editor of Legacy of Disunion: the iconic importance of the yank Civil struggle (2003) and issues of the yank Civil struggle: The battle among the States (2010).

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