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By Mary Beth Norton, Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

The short variation of A humans AND A state preserves the text's method of American background as a narrative of all American humans. identified for a couple of strengths, together with its well-respected writer staff and interesting narrative, the booklet emphasizes social background, giving specific awareness to race and racial id. Like its full-length counterpart, the short 8th variation makes a speciality of tales of daily humans, cultural variety, paintings, and pop culture. a brand new layout makes for simpler examining and note-taking. occasions as much as and together with the election of 2008 are up-to-date and integrated, and new bankruptcy has been written on "The Contested West." to be had within the following cut up concepts: A humans AND A state, short 8th variation entire (Chapters 1-33), ISBN: 0547175582; quantity I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 0547175590; quantity II: given that 1865 (Chapters 16-33), ISBN: 0547175604.

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Mothers, their married daughters, and their daughters’ husbands and children lived together. Matrilineal descent did not imply matriarchy, or the wielding of power by women, but denoted kinship and linked extended families into clans. The nomadic bands of the Prairies and Great Plains were most often related patrilineally (through the male line). Long before Europeans arrived, residents fought one anWar and Politics other for control of the best hunting and fishing territories, the most fertile agricultural lands, or the sources of essential items, such as salt (for preserving meat) and flint (for making knives and arrowheads).

Com/history/norton/peoplenationbrief8e 20 CHAPTER 1 THREE OLD WORLDS CREATE A NEW, 1492–1600 Hispaniola in 1492, approximately half a million people resided there. Fifty years later, there were fewer than two thousand native inhabitants. Although measles, typhus, influenza, malaria, and other illnesses severely afflicted native peoples, the greatest killer was smallpox. Historians estimate that over time, alien diseases could have reduced the precontact American population by as much as 90 percent.

At the bottom were people held in bondage. Although Europeans were not subjected to perpetual slavery, Christian doctrine permitted the enslavement of “heathens” (nonChristians) and serfdom, which tied some Europeans to the land or to specific owners. In short, Europe’s kingdoms resembled those of Africa or Mesoamerica but differed from the more egalitarian societies found in America north of Mexico. Most Europeans, like most Africans and Americans, lived in small villages. European farmers, called peasants, owned or leased separate landholdings but worked the fields communally.

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