A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, 8th by Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David M. Katzman, David W.

By Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

A humans and a state bargains a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to contemplate American historical past. The authors' realization to race and racial id and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings heritage to existence, enticing scholar readers and inspiring them to visualize what existence used to be quite like long ago. The 8th version bargains hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.

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Using a triangular, or lateen, sail (rather than the then-standard square rigging) improved the maneuvera- bility of ships, enabling vessels to sail out of the Mediterranean and north around the European coast. Also of key importance was the perfection of navigational instruments like the astrolabe and the quadrant, which allowed oceangoing sailors to estimate their position (latitude) by measuring the relationship of the sun, moon, or certain stars to the horizon. After the Hundred Years’ War, European monarchs forcefully consolidated their previously diffuse political power and raised new revenues |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| through increased taxation of an already hard-pressed peasantry.

The circular structures were kivas, used for food storage and religious rituals. (© Dewitt Jones/CORBIS) the Pueblos built fourteen “Great Houses,” multistory stone structures averaging two hundred rooms. The canyon, at the juncture of perhaps 400 miles of roads, served as a major regional trading and processing center for turquoise, used then as now to create beautiful ornamental objects. Yet the aridity eventually caused the Chacoans to migrate to other sites. At almost the same time, the unrelated Mississippian culture flourished in what is now the midwestern and southeastern United States.

Africans could be enslaved as punishment for crimes, but more often such slaves were enemy captives or people who voluntarily enslaved themselves or their children in payment for debts. An African who possessed bondspeople had a right to the products of their labor, although the degree to which slaves were exploited varied greatly, and slave status did not always descend to the next generation. Some slaves were held as chattel; others could engage in trade, retaining a portion of their profits; and still others achieved prominent political or military positions.

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