The Birth of America
From Before Columbus to the RevolutionBook - 2006
An incisive study of pre-colonial and colonial America ranges from pre-Columbian times to the Revolution and the inevitable break with Britain, and examines the important events, personalities, movements, influences, and forces of this critical period in American history. 25,000 first printing.
Having previously written mainly about modern Asia and Africa, Polk here draws on information from and about as many social and ethnic groups as is available to present a creation story of the US different than any using a single perspective. He begins with Native Americans and the coming of Europe and Africa, then looks at the establishment of British America, the breakdown of the imperial system, and the slide toward independence. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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 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.
Presents a study of pre-colonial and colonial America, and examines the important events, personalities, movements, influences, and forces of this critical period.