America: A Narrative History (Seventh Edition) (Vol. 2) by George Brown Tindall

By George Brown Tindall

Utilized by over 1000000 scholars, the USA: a story historical past is without doubt one of the so much winning American background textbooks ever published.Maintaining the gains that experience continually distinctive this vintage textual content full of life and available narrative variety, a prepared stability of political with social and cultural background, and unheard of worth the 7th version introduces a very redesigned, full-color structure complemented by way of crowd pleasing maps and more advantageous pedagogy. The 7th version additionally introduces the recent subject of environmental historical past. rigorously built-in all through, this subject matter provides illuminating views on how americans have formed and been formed via the flora and fauna.

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It was too much to expect, after four bloody years, that the Unionists in Congress would welcome back ex-Confederates. Furthermore, the new southern state legislatures, in passing repressive “black codes” restricting the freedom of African Americans, demonstrated that they intended to preserve slavery as nearly as possible. As one white southerner stressed, “The ex-slave was not a free man; he was a free Negro,” and the black codes were intended to highlight the distinction. The black codes varied from state to state, but some provisions were common.

In the summer of 1869, two financial buccaneers, the crafty Jay Gould and the flamboyant con man James Fisk, connived with the president’s brother-in-law to corner the nation’s gold market. That is, they would create a public craze for gold by purchasing massive quantities of the yellow metal and convincing traders and the general public that the price would keep climbing. As more buyers joined the frenzy, the value of gold would soar. The only danger to the scheme was the federal Treasury’s selling large amounts of gold.

In addition to forming viable new congregations, freed blacks organized thousands of fraternal, benevolent, and mutual-aid societies, clubs, lodges, and associations. Memphis, for example, had over 200 such organizations; Richmond boasted twice that number. The freed slaves also hastened to reestablish their families. Marriages that had been prohibited during slavery were now legitimized through the assistance of the Freedmen’s Bureau. By 1870 a preponderant majority of former slaves were living in two-parent households.

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