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  • 04. Colonial Society (16 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.”

      Comment by Justin Stewart on October 26th, 2017

      Why did it take so long to print the Bible if the puritans moved to the Americas so they can practice their religion.

      Comment by Jordan on October 26th, 2017

      The growth of cities was caused by the consumer revolution, levying taxes on sugar, paper, lead, etc.

      Comment by Brittney Logan on October 26th, 2017

      There were pacifist Quakers who wanted slavery to be abolished but there were some other Quakers who did not want slavery to end. The fact of ending slavery was debatable.

      Comment by Jordan on October 26th, 2017

      -Bulk of the enslaved population lived in rural areas
      -Slaves often worked as domestic servants
      -Massachusetts was the first slave-holding colony in New England.

      Comment by Justin Stewart on October 26th, 2017

      Was this actually the currency for Pennsylvania alone?

      Comment by Jordan on October 26th, 2017

      -Virginia, the oldest of the English mainland colonies, imported its first slaves in 1619.
      -By 1750 there were approximately 100,000 African slaves in Virginia, at least 40% of the colony’s total population.

      Comment by Jelani Jackson on October 26th, 2017

      Was coercionthe only method used to gain imperial control?

      Comment by Brittney Logan on October 26th, 2017

      Slavery was the central element for the region’s economy. People in the North tried to make use of slaves.

      Comment by Jelani Jackson on October 26th, 2017

      The French and Indian war was only over land and border control??

      Comment by Brittney Logan on November 1st, 2017

      The slaves tried to protest against slavery by killing the white settlers. It wasn’t right but they deserve justice

      Comment by Brittney Logan on November 1st, 2017

      Americans were fighting for individual freedom. The settlers became so much more independent and they valued education by viewing it as more important than before.

      Comment by Brittney Logan on November 1st, 2017

      European society was much more stable and organized than the American society. At the time, the Europeans had a much more grounded government than the Americans.

  • 05. The American Revolution (14 comments)

    • Comment by monika on September 10th, 2017

      I think that is a typo for crowds

      Comment by Teresa Libarkin on October 17th, 2017

      Wasn’t sure if the sentence should read

      “four men in men military dress:

      Comment by Minju on October 30th, 2017

      “prerogratives” should be prerogatives

      Comment by Brittney Logan on November 13th, 2017

      Before the Sons of Liberty became the Sons of Liberty, they were Stamp distributors that resigned. They came from different colonies to broaden their appearance to become more popular.

      Comment by Brittney Logan on November 13th, 2017

      After King George III became king, he brought Torres into his Ministry. It basically made things worse for the colonies. The king caused conflict between him and the colonists and the colonists soon protested against the king’s decision to stop settling in the Appalachian Mountains.

      Comment by Jordan on November 14th, 2017

      factors: war and competition

      Comment by Jordan on November 14th, 2017

      Cause:
      attempt to reform Beitish Empire after war.

      Comment by Jordan on November 14th, 2017

      Cause:
      attempt to reform British Empire after war.

      Comment by Jordan on November 14th, 2017

      Reforms:
      -Sugar Act
      -Currency Act

      Comment by Jordan on November 14th, 2017

      Currency Act held colonies back from making paper money.

      Comment by Nailah Chambers on November 15th, 2017

      How could the revolution be fought for liberty if the wanted to continue slavery? Did Britain oppose slavery ?

      Comment by Nicholas Miller on November 15th, 2017

      What were the short and long term consequences

      Comment by Nicholas Miller on November 15th, 2017

      Who are consodered ‘common citizens’ and how did they play important roles in the local and state government

      Comment by Nicholas Miller on November 15th, 2017

      The treaty of Paris was to end the war and send slaves back. The British sent their slaves back to different locations throughout. But some Americans disobeyed the treaty of Paris and still forced their slaves to work

  • 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.

  • 12. Manifest Destiny (8 comments)

    • Comment by History teacher on September 28th, 2017

      the expansion OF democracy (?).

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      [expansion the democracy.]

      Typo, should be “expansion OF democracy” or “expansion of the democracy”

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      Is this something that instead belongs in the footnotes?

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      [(Francis Newton Thorpe ed., The Federal and State Constitutions Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America Compiled and Edited Under the Act of Congress of June 30, 1906  (Washington, DC : Government Printing Office, 1909).))]

      Is this something that instead belongs in the footnotes?

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      [of a]

      Typo. Remove “of”

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      Belongs in footnotes?

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      (James K. Polk, “President Polk’s Mexican War Message,” quoted in Statemen’s Manual: The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States, Inaugural, Annual, and Special, from 1789 to 1846: With a Memoir of Each of the Presidents and a History of Their Administrations; Also the Constitution of the United States, and a Selection of Important Documents and Statistical Information, Volume 2, (New York: Edward Walker, 1847), 1489.)

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 16th, 2017

      [session]

      secession?

  • 11. The Cotton Revolution (8 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. )

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 29th, 2017

      The Constitution was ratified in 1788. Thus by 1790 it was TWO years , not four years later, in 1790 that…….

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire C. College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 29th, 2017

      The Sea Islands are in large part also off the coast of Georgia. It is wrong to just say South Carolina. Actually, of over 100 islands, a few are also off Florida.

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 29th, 2017

      The author should define the South. In paragraph 19 of this Chapter 11, Maryland is not a part of the South. In this paragraph 38, it is.

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 14th, 2017

      Typo: Shoud be changed to “the fever of the time”

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 14th, 2017

      Typo: Should be changed to “revivals of the Second”

      Comment by Josh Gorske on November 14th, 2017

      Typo: Should be “swept along the”

  • 08. The Market Revolution (6 comments)

    • Comment by Max on September 26th, 2017

      Helped fuel, not fueled

      Comment by Aaron Korver on October 4th, 2017

      Helped fuel

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 8th, 2017

      Only New York had a population in 1820 of over 100,000. Philadelphia was 63,802 in 1820.

       

       

      George D. Salaita

      Mountain Empire Com. College

      Big Stone Gap, Va 24219

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 8th, 2017

      Most German immigrants were NOT Catholics. Over half were Lutheran,Reormed, or antibaptist.

       

      Only 1% per Jewish,not MANY.

       

      George D. Salaita

      Mountain Empire Com. College

      Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

       

       

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 8th, 2017

      Correction.

       

      I meant Reformed, not Reormed.

       

      GDS

      Comment by monika on October 10th, 2017

      helped fuel, not fueled. its a typo

  • 02. Colliding Cultures (6 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!

      Comment by George Hughes on September 24th, 2017

      There seems to be a typo in the second to last sentence: “decoration or churches” should be changed to “decoration of churches”

  • 06. A New Nation (5 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.

      Comment by Noah Simmons on October 3rd, 2017

      Hello,

      The fourth sentence (begins “The Constitution counted each black individual as three-fifths of a person..”) might lead to a misunderstanding as free people of color were counted as whole persons for purposes of representation.

       

      best, Noah Simmons

      Comment by Josh Gorske on October 9th, 2017

      I believe this is supposed to be 1791.

      Comment by Jerreod Bumanlag on October 12th, 2017

      “In the fall of 1761…” this is a typo and should be 1791.

  • 24. World War II (4 comments)

    • Comment by George D. Salaita on October 17th, 2017

      It is not true that Britain stood alone in Europe. Britain and her Domininew zeND ( Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and even India sent aid, not to mention thousand from Poland and may other countries as well.

       

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, VA

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 17th, 2017

      Anzio did not become surrounded. The operation was behind German lines, and the American troops there were always surrounded.

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 17th, 2017

      It should read Airman, not soldiers, on bombing raids left from……..

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 17th, 2017

      The navy does not use the word platoons as the army does.

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

  • 07. The Early Republic (4 comments)

    • Comment by Sally Mercier on October 4th, 2017

      This is one of the most unorganized texts I have ever read. It is obvious that many people are involved. It jumps around in time with many chronological events scattered among random paragraphs.  One example is the mention of President James Monroe, without specific dates for his presidency. It focuses as much on drama and opinion than on actual historical facts. Casting shadows and imposing a political agenda is not good history. It is useful; however, for causing young American students to develop a sense of resentment for the imperfect people who started our country. When truth is revealed, they will also resent the “educational” deception that was imposed by imperfect authors.

      Comment by George D. Salaita on October 8th, 2017

      The word “trope” five lines down is a poor choice of usage in the English language. Most of your readers will not know what is meant by this word. Actually, I looked it up, and I still don’t know what you’re trying to say!

       

      George Salaita

      Mountain Empire Com. College

      Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

      Comment by Zach on October 11th, 2017

      There are a few points in this chapter where the text refers to “sex with a slave”, which is an oversight of the fact that “sex with a slave” is nothing short of sexual assault and rape. This is never pointed out or referenced, and it would do well to do so.

      Comment by student on October 29th, 2017

      “EventuallyTecumseh solicited…” should be “Eventually Tecumseh solicited…”

  • 27. The Sixties (3 comments)

    • 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.

      Comment by George D. Salaita on November 13th, 2017

      Woolworths was not a department store, no more than Walmart is considered a department store in 2017. Walmart is a discount store. Woolworths was a five-and-dime store. Students today haven’t heard of five-and-dime stores, and they should  not be told that Woolworths was some kind of Macys or Dillards or Kohls.

       

      George D. Salaita

      Mt. Empire  Community College

      Big Stone Gap, VA

      Comment by George D. Salaita on November 13th, 2017

      Selma is not 70 miles from Montgomery, Alabama. By most accounts, the mileage is 54, or 87 km.

       

      George Salaita

      Mt. Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, VA

  • 22. The New Era (3 comments)

    • 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.

      Comment by Michele Rotunda on October 12th, 2017

      Typo in 11th line of paragraph ‘ “fruther”

      Comment by Michele Rotunda on October 12th, 2017

      Last sentence repeats “component in African American’s long history of cultural and intellectual achievements” two paragraphs up.  Also should be Americans’.

       

  • 20. The Progressive Era (3 comments)

    • Comment by Jeff Manuel on September 14th, 2017

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

      Comment by Michele Rotunda on October 12th, 2017

      Once she became active in the temperance movement, she used the spelling “Carry A. Nation”  to emphasize her goal to “Carry a Nation to Prohibition.”

      Comment by Michele Rotunda on October 12th, 2017

      It was the National WOMAN’s Party.

  • 09. Democracy in America (2 comments)

    • Comment by George D. Salaita on October 23rd, 2017

      The Jackson family did NOT come to the US from Ireland, but Northern Ireland. There is a difference.

       

      George Salaita

      Mountain Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by Alicia on November 15th, 2017

      Four of the first five presidents, for example, were from Virginia.

  • 14. The Civil War (2 comments)

    • Comment by George D. Salaita on November 19th, 2017

      How can you say “the vast majority of northerners went to war to preserve the Union”? Actually, less than 3 million served in the Union army. If anything is true, a larger percentage of the population  of the south  served in the Confederate army.

       

      George Salaita

      Mountain Empire Community College

      Big Stone Gap, Va.

      Comment by Sally Mercier on November 21st, 2017

      mistake in dates

  • 26. The Affluent Society (1 comment)

    • Comment by Thomas Froland on November 10th, 2017

      The word “principal” should be changed to “principle.”

  • General Comments (1 comment)

    • Comment by Kim Wehmeyer on October 1st, 2017

      I am trying to take notes for testing/essay purposes and find some topics hard to follow. For me, I’m trying to put things in date perspective as the chapters seem to jump around. For example, one paragraph might refer to something in the 1500’s but it is hard to know if the next paragraph is in that same time or some other time. For us detailed folks, it would be nice to have date references more often or be assured that everthing listed between date references apply to the last stated time frame.

      Thanks for your consideration.

  • 28. The Unraveling (1 comment)

    • Comment by Zach Griffin on November 18th, 2017

      In the sentence, “Much to Falwell’s delight, conservative Americans did, in fact, stand against and defat the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)…”, the word defeat is misspelled as “defat”

  • 30. The Recent Past (1 comment)

    • Comment by Andrew Paul on October 9th, 2017

      The word “amelioration” doesn’t make sense here. Perhaps appeasement is what was meant?

  • 25. The Cold War (1 comment)

    • Comment by Rico Suave on October 5th, 2017

      Remove “s” at the end of “Rosenberg”

  • 21. World War I & Its Aftermath (1 comment)

    • Comment by Michele Rotunda on October 12th, 2017

      Would be useful to actually call this the Treaty of Versailles at some point.  Some students were confused when I referred to the Treaty of Versailles.

  • 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.

  • 17. Conquering the West (1 comment)

    • Comment by Sans on November 17th, 2017

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  • 15. Reconstruction (1 comment)

    • Comment by Anya on August 22nd, 2017

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

  • 03. British North America (1 comment)

  • 00. Feedback Instructions (1 comment)

    • Comment by Dennis Korn on September 25th, 2017

      I am seriously considering switching to OER material in my History 107 (Early American) and History 108 (Post Civil War) classes. So far, what I have seen is impressive. Important topics are covered without being boring and the resource material provided at the end of the chapter is excellent.

      My suggestion would be to include the “date span” for each section. Those of us who have been using traditional textbooks are used to a date span and have prepared material along those lines. Having a date span on this material would make it easier to make the change from traditional textbook to OER.

      Thank you,

      Dennis Korn

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