A People and a Nation: A History of the United States (8th by Mary Beth Norton

By Mary Beth Norton

A humans and a kingdom deals a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to consider American historical past. The authors' cognizance to race and racial identification and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings background to lifestyles, attractive scholar readers and inspiring them to visualize what lifestyles was once quite like some time past. The 8th version deals hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.

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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.

The Spaniards came to Tenochtitlán not only with horses and steel weapons but also with smallpox, bringing an epidemic that had begun on Hispaniola. The disease peaked in 1520, fatally weakening Tenochtitlán’s defenders. “It spread over the people as great destruction,” as elderly Aztec later remembered. “Some it quite covered [with pustules] on all parts—their faces, their heads, their breasts. . There was great havoc. ” Largely as a consequence, Tenochtitlán surrendered in 1521, and the Spaniards built Mexico City on its site.

The Madeiras also had no native peoples, and by the 1450s Portuguese colonists were employing slaves (probably Jews and Muslims brought from Iberia) to grow large quantities of sugar for export to the mainland. By the 1470s Madeira had developed into a colonial plantation economy. For the first time in world history, a region had been settled explicitly to cultivate a valuable crop—sugar—to be sold elsewhere. Moreover, because the work involved in large-scale plantation agriculture was so backbreaking, only a supply of enslaved laborers (who could not opt to quit) could ensure the system’s continued success.

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