The Birth of America: From Before Columbus to the Revolution

William R. Polk

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The Birth of America: From Before Columbus to the Revolution

The Birth of America From Before Columbus to the Revolution In this provocative account of colonial America William R Polk explores the key events individuals and themes of this critical period With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europ

  • Title: The Birth of America: From Before Columbus to the Revolution
  • Author: William R. Polk
  • ISBN: 9780060750909
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this provocative account of colonial America, William R Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brIn this provocative account of colonial America, William R Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brought across the Atlantic.With insightful analysis, he also discusses the dual truths of colonial societies growing up and growing apart As John Adams would point out to Thomas Jefferson, the long years that witnessed the formation of our national character and the growth of our spirit of independence were indeed the real revolution That story forms the basis of The Birth of America In addition to its discussion of the influence the British had on the colonies, The Birth of America covers the pivotal roles played by the Spanish, French, and Dutch in early America.From the fearful crossing of the stormy Atlantic to the growth of the early settlements, to the French and Indian War and the unrest of the 1760s, William Polk brilliantly traces the progress of the colonies to the point where itwas no longer possible to recapture the past and the break with England was inevitable America had been born.

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    1. Michael on said:

      The most complete and clear history I have read. So many facts overlooked or ignored by other historians are here. "The Truth", if you will about what happened in the beginnings of our country. Real and honest are the best words I can use for this book.

    2. Cheryl Gatling on said:

      The premise of The Birth of America is that most histories of the American Revolution take too narrow a view. They concentrate on events that took place on this continent among English speakers who left written records, and begin just as revolutionary furor began to boil. Polk argues that a great many more influences helped to make this land the America that ended up becoming our nation. He steps back to look at the experiences of the Spanish, the French, the American Indians, the Africans, and [...]

    3. Laura Moorhouse on said:

      I forget how fragile the history of this nation is and how many lives were lost in the earliest white settlements. It's easy to see these things as faits accompli in school books. It's another to consider what it would mean to pack up your life and child and take as much food as you could afford or carry on a ship into unknown waters and pray just to reach the coast. The death toll both on sea & land and poor life expectancy is shocking by almost any standard. On a political note, I didn't k [...]

    4. D Books on said:

      I liked this book sooo much that after I borrowed it from the library and read it I then purchased it. It has some very interesting facts that I did not know about America that no history teacher of my past taught. The way people lived back then seems so harsh as compared to today's standard of living! (And when I say harsh I mean there is no amount of money you could pay me to live like the settlers and slaves of early America). Eating rats, eating people, feces and urine everywhere, rampant di [...]

    5. Toni on said:

      For anyone interested in American history this is a great place to start. Author talks about not only who came to this country from Europe, but why they left and how that shaped their experiences in the 'new land'. Also gives an accurate account of how the native americans were treated at the hands of the Europeans.

    6. Michael Hettinger on said:

      A nice, low-intensity read. Nothing spectacular, but gave me some ideas on Colonial-era subjects to explore in more detail.

    7. James Wood on said:

      Overall this book had lots of information, but was not structured very well. It jumped around quit a bit and the author often repeated topics discussed earlier in the book.

    8. Marjdomingo Obeso on said:

      I so love this book, and became fascinated with anything pre-Revolution days.

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