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  • 01. The New World (8 comments)

    • Comment by Jeremiah Inman on August 22nd, 2017

      The Columbian Exchange consisted of people, animals, plants, and microbes.

      This caused Ten thousand years of geographic separation, inaugurated centuries of violence, unleashed the greatest biological terror and revolutionized the history of the world.

      Comment by Gaurav Kaushish on August 23rd, 2017

      People thought the first Americans were the Clovis people.


      Comment by Gaurav Kaushish on August 23rd, 2017

      [ Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Archaeologists and anthropologists, meanwhile, focus on migration histories. Studying artifacts, bones, and genetic signatures, these scholars have pieced together a narrative that claims that the Americas were once a “new world” for Native Americans as well.]


      Comment by Diana Calton on August 24th, 2017

      Columbian Exchange had good and negative aspects: it had widespread transfer of plants, animals, culture, technology and ideas that could  be from the Americas to the Old World,  in relation to colonization, trade. But the down fall was we wiped out entire populations by war and disease.

      Comment by J Gleason on August 28th, 2017

      The statement in the last sentence of this paragraph, “It was God’s will, he said,” is a completely inaccurate summary of the cited journal entry.

      Comment by Diane Chavez on September 4th, 2017

      Creation and migration: History of the first Americans started with the tells of Sky woman who fell onto Turtle Island/ North America. South Easterns’ beginings started in Mississippi Valley specifically in the Seven Caves,this was all before they migrated to New Mexico.


      Comment by Rebecca Wolf on September 4th, 2017

      I would add something about the expulsion of the Jews to this sentence: “The Crusades had never ended in Iberia: the Spanish crown concluded centuries of intermittent warfare–the Reconquista–by expelling Muslim Moors [and the Jews] from the Iberian peninsula in 1492, just as Columbus sailed west. With new power, these new nations–and their newly empowered monarchs–yearned to access the wealth of Asia.

      Comment by Zoe on September 4th, 2017

      …seeking land, gold, and titles would sound better I think.

  • 02. Colliding Cultures (5 comments)

    • Comment by Gregory Balan on August 19th, 2017

      The usage of the term “capitalist” and its cognates like capitalism perhaps need some explaining. The term is typically used today as a synonym of free markets, but the European colonial powers had anything but free markets. Mercantilist policies are not synonymous with free markets by definition, a definition conveniently explained in Paragraph 43 of this chapter. The state-assisted nature of mercantilism precludes it from being a free market in any strict sense. Thus, I would argue that the use of the term capitalism is somewhat misleading. Only the broadest sense of the term–that capital is being employed–could the term be appropriated used here, and yet that isn’t the commonly understood use of the term.

      Actual free markets presume the Rule of Law and free agents exchanging as they see fit. Slaves simply do not fit into the liberal concept of free markets as understood at the time thanks to Smith, Grotius, and other Enlightenment philosophers. A government-assisted or government-dominated system of exchange that supports slavery is nothing like this. It would be helpful to include some economic history at this juncture to explain the competing theories and practices as they arose in the 17th century and 18th century.

      Comment by Beth Hayslett on August 20th, 2017

      There is a typo in the very first sentence of the introduction. “pecf” should be “of.”

      Comment by Danielle Withrow on August 24th, 2017

      Typo “pecf” instead of “of.

      Comment by Ben Wright on September 4th, 2017

      Thanks, fixed!

      Comment by Ben Wright on September 4th, 2017

      Thanks, fixed!

  • 04. Colonial Society (4 comments)

    • Comment by Emily on September 4th, 2017

      Useful information but it takes an extremely long time to read! There is too much unnecessary details, please shorten it. This goes for every chapter in the book.

      Comment by Sally Mercier on September 12th, 2017

      “other thirteen colonies?”‘  What was New England?

      The authors try to hard to make it dramatic and make the flashback dates too difficult to follow.


      Comment by Sally Mercier on September 12th, 2017

      How is the “form it took” a contradiction?


      Comment by Amanda Bechtel on September 21st, 2017

      Grammatical error in the 4th sentence, “…threats to the British liberties they saw as a their birthright.”

  • 11. The Cotton Revolution (2 comments)

    • Comment by Cara Rogers on August 28th, 2017

      Jefferson’s Notes were first published in 1785, not 1787. His comment about racial war is being badly misrepresented here: rather than encouraging white slaveowners to remain “vigilant,” he wrote this sentence to encourage emancipation and colonization. See Peter Onuf, “‘To Declare Them a Free and Independant People’: Race, Slavery, and National Identity in Jefferson’s Thought.” Journal of the Early Republic 18, no. 1 (April 1, 1998): 1–46. Additionally, I recommend citing a scholarly edition of the Notes, rather than this more obscure 1832 printing. The most recent is Thomas Jefferson,  Notes on the State of Virginia, ed. Frank Shuffelton (New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1999), 145.

      Comment by Cara Rogers on August 28th, 2017

      A more accurate way of phrasing this could be:

      As early as 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Notes on the State of Virginia that slaves should be freed, but then they should be colonized to another country, where they could become an “independant people.” White people’s prejudices, and black people’s “recollections…of the injuries they have sustained” under slavery, would keep the two races from successfully living together in America. If freed slaves were not colonized, eventually there would be “convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.” ((Thomas Jefferson,  Notes on the State of Virginia, ed. Frank Shuffelton (New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1999), 145.))

      (The phrase “two warring nations” is not found in Jefferson’s Notes. )

  • 06. A New Nation (2 comments)

    • Comment by Saul Straussman on August 21st, 2017

      It would be good to include a small section on the development of the first two-party system in this chapter within the discussion of the ratification debate and the first Washington administration, rather than just mentioning it within the conclusion. It would help contextualize the political debate between Jefferson’s vision and Hamilton’s vision.

      Comment by monika on September 20th, 2017

      The first sentence doesn’t make sense. is it supposed to be Americans had lost confidence in President Adams? They had let him know it.

  • 05. The American Revolution (1 comment)

    • Comment by monika on September 10th, 2017

      I think that is a typo for crowds

  • 03. British North America (1 comment)

  • 15. Reconstruction (1 comment)

    • Comment by Anya on August 22nd, 2017

      Most African Americans already gained their freedom in the Civil War.

  • 18. Life in Industrial America (1 comment)

    • Comment by Mark Souther on September 9th, 2017

      Chopin’s novel is The Awakening, not The Great Awakening.

  • 20. The Progressive Era (1 comment)

    • Comment by Jeff Manuel on September 14th, 2017

      Typo on third line. Should be “operated in a single state.”

  • 22. The New Era (1 comment)

    • Comment by Mark Souther on August 28th, 2017

      Most of the material in this paragraph does not support the paragraph’s first sentence that asserts Harding’s corruption because of the way the second sentence is phrased. The second sentence would work much better if “for instance” were replaced with “to be sure.” The examples such as Wallace, Hoover, and Mellon belie the paragraph’s main point but are presented as examples of Harding’s corruption.

  • 27. The Sixties (1 comment)

    • Comment by Joshua A Severn on August 20th, 2017

      It would be great to expand on the other half of the UFW with specific individuals representing the Filipino farm workers, particularly Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, who are both garnering greater recognition in California. While no where near as well known as Chavez, these two figures were nearly as instrumental at the movement’s successes. A great resource for this is “Delano Manongs,” a documentary outlining the Filipino farm labor movement and its part in the Delano Grape Strike. Thank you for your amazing work on this text.

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