A Little History of the United States

A Little History of the United States

JamesWest Davidson / Aug 12, 2020
A Little History of the United States How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world Everyone from young adults to grandpare
  • Title: A Little History of the United States
  • Author: JamesWest Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780300181418
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson s vividly told A Little History of the United States In 300 fast moving pages, Davidson guides his reaHow did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson s vividly told A Little History of the United States In 300 fast moving pages, Davidson guides his readers through 500 years, from the first contact between the two halves of the world to the rise of America as a superpower in an era of atomic perils and diminishing resources In short, vivid chapters the book brings to life hundreds of individuals whose stories are part of the larger American story Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer trap on his first day in America Harriet Tubman lets loose a pair of chickens to divert attention from her escaping slaves the toddler Andrew Carnegie, later an ambitious industrial magnate, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each hand Such stories are riveting in themselves, but they also spark larger questions to ponder about freedom, equality, and unity in the context of a nation that is, and always has been, remarkably divided and diverse.
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      • JamesWest Davidson

        James West Davidson is a historian, writer, and wilderness paddler He received his Ph.D in American history from Yale University and writes full time He is also co editor, with Michael Stoff, of New Narratives in American History, a series published by Oxford University Press, as well as the coauthor of textbooks in American history These include Experience History, After the Fact The Art of Historical Detection, and US A Narrative History for the college level and The American Nation for the middle grades.


    1. 4.5 stars.A joy to read Badly needed a refresher on American history, and this did the trick I had some gaping holes that this book helped fill in This book was helpful enough, and pleasant enough, that I can imagine re reading it again maybe even again this year to better remember all the fascinating people events I can also imagine reading listening to it with my children.I want to learn about about feminists Elizabeth Candy Stanton and Lucretia Mott, abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and [...]

    2. I received a prepublication copy of this book September 15, 2015 through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google pages along with NetGalley, and.I requested this book because I am have an interest in the history of the United States.This is the type of history book that my late father in law would have loved You can open it to any part and read a brief overview of some historical occurrence in America The book is laid ou [...]

    3. Really excellent book Engaging and useful for filling in my very patchy knowledge of the Early Pilgrim Fathers, the War of Independence and the Civil War period.

    4. A good overview of American History, that covers the period from Pre Columbus to the modern era The book has little critical analysis, and provides largely the received wisdom on major events, including events that are well known to be fabrications or exaggeration However, the book does engage with a few key debates, and is somewhat critical of Columbus and other colonial figures.It is a good introductory book and will give young people a good overview and framework for engaging in deeper analys [...]

    5. A Little History of the United States is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late August, though a few days before attending the MN State Fair sort of an American classic onto itself, I think.James West Davidson has created a Baz Luhrman like tableau of scenery plopping tales The chapters ripple delightfully with hundreds of years of blink and you ll miss it details and major minor characters that flit by in the course of a sentence Terrific.

    6. This was very interesting He author was very good at being able to talk about the various things people ideas that have made America what it is today And all without getting bogged down in side stories, tangents, or extraneous details.

    7. Esse livro n o um livro de hist ria comum que voc leria para entender melhor da hist ria de algum lugar Ele traz uma nova perspectiva sobre os Estados Unidos, e faz refletir sobre o que verdadeiramente a igualdade Mesmo ele estando um pouco desatualizado, j que foi publicado em 2015 e n o leva em considera o os eventos que envolvem o Trump, muito recomendado principalmente para certo presidente que parece que esqueceu dos valores de igualdade da na o e de como o pa s foi criado por imigrantes.

    8. Extremely impressive to cover almost 500 years of history in 300 pages Unfortunately though I feel like this book has some major pacing problems, with some parts of history being glossed over very quickly and some almost inconsequential parts dwelled on for a considerable amount of time All in all, not a bad read though, and great for a quick insight into American history

    9. I am a BIG fan of the little history books started, I believe, in honor of Gombrich s classic, A Little History of Art Designed for younger readers, these books are enjoyable, informative and easy to dip into right before bed or if you have a few minutes at lunch.

    10. Engaging read filled with interesting tidbits It spans 500 years of American history, so it doesn t go terribly in depth, but it is a good overall overview.

    11. In his well told little history of the United States, Davidson brings a parade of American personalities before the reader all while telling of America s struggle for freedom and equality beginning with 1492 and concluding in the present Part of the success of the book, besides its readability and gracious narrative, is Davidson s avoidance of polemics the book is neither conservative nor progressive, but rather, hopes to nudge the reader, ever sobered by the realities of historical terrors and [...]

    12. I received a copy of this book for free through the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review A Little History of the United States had many aspects that I absolutely loved.First From the very outset the book made clear that history books are inevitably biased Anytime you read a history book you are reading history through the lens of a certain theme In this case, the theme was that of equality and inequality, which they made exceptionally clear from the introduction and thr [...]

    13. Very interesting, and almost completely devoid of political slant It must be difficult to fit 500 years of history into 300 pages and make it enjoyable reading, but Davidson accomplishes the task It is obviously necessary to be selective in recounting the most important parts of history when you cannot limit it to political or social but have to cover the broad scope of events and decide which are most important to the tale As the author explains in the last chapter, how do you cover the last 50 [...]

    14. The author has lots of great insights such helping us envision that the 8 million occupants of Pre Invasion North America in 1492 would visually mean that a floating hawk, wherever it would fly, would see plumes of smoke Admiral Zheng predated Columbus onto our continent by 63 years While Columbus had three tiny ships, Zheng had 100 times as many, and his ships were also than four times as long On the east coast, the majority of those who arrived aboard the Mayflower were not Pilgrims but were [...]

    15. I am an immigrant student and I have been living in the United States for over 5 years now and know very little about American history This book was perfect for me to get an overview of the history of United States It s not merely written as a collection of important historical facts but Davidson tells the story of the US in a way that a non historian would appreciate the reason things happened the way they happened It s hard to read than a few chapters in one sitting because you learn so much [...]

    16. Davidson provides a competent narrative of the American story as understood by present day citizens He values the importance of unnamed Americans as much as the contributions of key historical figures This is a modern account that asks modern questions about Americans motivations Has American ever been one nation What does equality really mean in the United States The implied answers and calls to action line up squarely with contemporary progressive politics Anyone looking for historical backgro [...]

    17. I received an advanced copy of this book with approval from the publisher through NetGalley in order to read and review it This is a great quick read Perfect for anyone who is a little rusty on their American history, or history buffs just looking for a fun read Though the chapters are short, there is just enough story and character development to keep it interesting Thus, in some ways it reads like historical fiction than a textbook I think that s a good thing Wouldn t it be great if every Ame [...]

    18. This is a great history book written by James West Davidson It is about the United States He explains an easy to read but clear history I believe that this book is for kids who are either at the end of elementary school, or around the start of middle school, but still, as it is a great book, it just should be for everyone who has a liking for history, and can read.

    19. I loved this book I wish I d had it when I moved to the US five years ago, but I picked it up last year as it was new It s a brilliantly accessible, entertaining and sometimes poetic account of North American and United States history from pre Columbus times almost to the present day It s beautifully written, and sparks curiosity to learn .

    20. A beautifully written short tale of American history The perfect way to get introduced to America s last 500 years Loved it And thanks James West Davidson for making your book so accessible to non English readers I want

    21. A delicious two bite brownie of history Somehow, Davidson managed to capture the essence of many historical moments in an engaging and enjoyable little snack.I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW

    22. I read this over the course of two months, on and off Very interesting and it included a few maps, which I always enjoy studying Covers about 500 years.

    23. Clear, Concise, and oddly lyrical It was a great overview of U.S history and still enjoyable despite having most of this knowledge drilled into my head in school

    24. A delightful, perceptive overview of the history of the United States A great way to review all those eras we either studied in school or have lived through in the past decades.

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