By Joshua B. Freeman
A compelling examine the activities and advancements that propelled the US to global dominance
In this landmark paintings, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a country either galvanized by way of switch and pushed via clash. starting in 1945, the commercial juggernaut woke up by way of global battle II remodeled a rustic as soon as outlined via its nearby personality right into a uniform and cohesive energy and set the level for the United States’ upward push to international dominance. in the meantime, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has formed the trail of yankee civic existence, unfolding how the civil rights and hard work pursuits labored for many years to magnify the rights of hundreds of thousands of american citizens, in basic terms to monitor strength eventually slip from person electorate to non-public companies. relocating via McCarthyism and Vietnam, from the good Society to Morning in the United States, Joshua Freeman’s sweeping tale of a nation’s upward push unearths forces at play that might proceed to impact the long run position of yankee impression and may within the larger international.
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We will assume then for the two ex33 THOMAS RODERICK DEW tremes in our country, the stationary condition on the one side, and such increase on the other as to give rise to a duplication every fifteen years. Now as throughout the whole range comprehended between these extremes, population is capable of exerting various degrees of energy, it is very evident that the statesman who wishes to increase or diminish population, must look cautiously to the effect of his measures on its spring, and see how this will be acted on.
Rumour, with her thousand tongues, was busily engaged in spreading tales of disaffection, plots, insurrections, and even massacres, which frightened the timid, and harassed and mortified the whole of the slave-holding population. During this period of excitement, when reason was almost banished from the mind, and the imagination was suffered to conjure up the most appalling phantoms, and picture to itself a crisis in the vista of futurity, when the overwhelming numbers of the blacks would rise superior to all restraint, and involve the finest portion of our land in universal ruin and desolation, we are not to wonder that even in the lower part of Virginia many should have seriously inquired, if this supposed monstrous evil could not be removed from her bosom.
The slaves, by the last census (1830) amounted within a small fraction to 470,000; the average value of each one of these is $200; consequently the whole aggregate value of the slave population of Virginia in 1830, was $94,000,000, and allowing for the increase since, we cannot err far in putting the present value at $100,000,000. The assessed value of all the houses and lands in the state amounts to $206,000,000, and these constitute the material items in the wealth of the state, the whole personal property besides bearing but a very small proportion to the value of slaves, 29 THOMAS RODERICK DEW lands, and houses.
American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000 by Joshua B. Freeman