By Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff
A humans and a state bargains a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to contemplate American heritage. The authors' consciousness to race and racial identification and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings background to existence, enticing pupil readers and inspiring them to visualize what existence used to be fairly like some time past. The 8th version bargains hugely readable tales and the newest scholarship all through.
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Additional resources for A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, 8th Edition
Movable type and the printing press, invented in Germany in the 1450s, made information more accessible than ever before. Printing stimulated the Europeans’ curiosity about fabled lands across the seas, lands they could now read about in books. The most important such work was Marco Polo’s Travels, first published in 1477, which recounted a Venetian merchant’s adventures in thirteenth-century China and, most intriguing, described that nation as bordered on the east by an ocean. Polo’s account circulated widely among Europe’s educated elites, first in manuscript and later in print.
An African who possessed bondspeople had a right to the products of their labor, although the degree to which slaves were exploited varied greatly, and slave status did not always descend to the next generation. Some slaves were held as chattel; others could engage in trade, retaining a portion of their profits; and still others achieved prominent political or military positions. All, however, found it difficult to overcome the social stigma of enslavement, and they could be traded or sold at the will of their owners.
By that time Madeira had alLessons of Early ready reached the limit of its caColonization pacity to produce sugar. The soil of São Tomé proved ideal for raising that valuable crop, and plantation agriculture there expanded rapidly. Planters imported large numbers of slaves from the mainland to work in the cane fields, thus creating the first economy based primarily on the bondage of black Africans. By the 1490s, even before Christopher Columbus set sail to the west, Europeans had learned three key lessons of colonization in the Mediterranean Atlantic.