Illustrated History of the United States (Background Books) by Bryn O'Callaghan

By Bryn O'Callaghan

It is a better half quantity to "An Illustrated historical past of Britain". It strains the historical past of america from the time of the Amerindians, via to the coming of the Europeans, to the current day. issues lined comprise colonial lifestyles, the Civil warfare and the yank involvement in Vietnam. each one bankruptcy involves or 3 double web page spreads with inset fabric highlighting many of the characters or occasions pointed out typically textual content.

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O n October 17, 178 1, he sur rendered his ar my to Washin gton. Whe n the news reached Lo ndon the British Prim e MlIlister. Lord North. thre w up his hands in despair. " he cried. :l ll f't N D EN C L The Marquis de Lafayette In 1777 the M arquis de Lafayett e, a rwc nt y- vcarold French aristocrat. landed in Am erica. He carne partly to fight for a new and free society, Bu r he came also to avenge the death of his father. w ho had died figh ting the Brit ish in the French and Ind ian War. Lafayette served without Pay in (he American arlllY and became a major-general on the sta ff o f George Washin gton , In the next four years he fough t in nlJny batt les.

New M exico and C olorado. The ann exa tion of these Mexican lands completed the "manifest destiny" of the United Stares. it now stretched across the North Am erican continen t from ocean to ocean. In little more than half a centur y it had grown fro m a sma ll nat ion on the shores o f the Atlantic int o one of the largest coun tries in the world. 43 - -11-NORTH AND SOU TH In the yea r 1810 the re we re 7. "2 mi llion people ill the United Sta tes. 2 mill ion of these people th e words of th e Declaration ofIndependence " tha t all men arc created eq ual" were far fro m true.

5 mill io n of them w ere slave s. ~R homes. This oft en made them fight with mo re spirit tha n the Umon soldiers. Southern er s denied that they were fighting mainly to preserve slavery. Most were p OOT farmers w ho owned no sian's anYWJY. The South w as fighting for irs independence from the No rth. they said. just as their grandfathers had foug ht fo r indepen dence fro m Britain almost a cemu ry earlier. T he wa r was fo ug ht in tw o main areas >- in Vir ginia and the other east coas t stares of the Confederacy, and in the M ississippi valley.

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