By Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing
The newly reunified usa skilled a tenuous peace following the yankee Civil warfare. It was once a interval characterised via nice technological advances, but additionally through elevated political, financial, and social polarization. This penetrating examine American heritage among the Civil warfare and twentieth century comprises firsthand money owed that demonstrate the existing ideologies of the time and make clear major humans and occasions.
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling writer of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America’s preeminent first couple to lifestyles in a relocating and illuminating narrative that sweeps in the course of the American Revolution and the republic’s tenuous early years.
John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait in their lives jointly of their own correspondence: either Adamses have been prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail used to be in actual fact the extra proficient of the two), and through the years they exchanged greater than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unheard of and unsurpassed list to offer us an account either intimate and panoramic; half biography, half political heritage, and half love story.
Ellis describes the 1st assembly among the 2 as inauspicious—John was once twenty-four, Abigail simply fifteen, and every was once completely unimpressed with the opposite. yet they quickly begun a passionate correspondence that ended in their marriage 5 years later.
Over the following a long time, the couple have been separated approximately up to they have been jointly. John’s political occupation took him first to Philadelphia, the place he grew to become the boldest recommend for the measures that will result in the announcement of Independence. but with the intention to attend the second one Continental Congress, he left his spouse and kids in the midst of the warfare region that had by means of then engulfed Massachusetts. Later he was once despatched to Paris, the place he served as a minister to the courtroom of France along Benjamin Franklin. those years aside under pressure the Adamses’ union virtually past what it may possibly undergo: Abigail grew lonely, whereas the Adams little ones suffered from their father’s absence.
John was once elected the nation’s first vice chairman, yet by the point of his reelection, Abigail’s future health avoided her from becoming a member of him in Philadelphia, the intervening time capital. She without doubt had additional reservations approximately relocating to the swamp at the Potomac while John grew to become president, even though this time he persuaded her. President Adams inherited a vulnerable and bitterly divided nation from George Washington. The political scenario was once perilous at most sensible, and he wanted his closest consultant by means of his facet: “I can do nothing,” John instructed Abigail after his election, “without you. ”
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Instructed with urgency and sharp political perception, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and divulges how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to grab and carry the presidency.
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Eugenics achieved its greatest national visibility in the 1920s, when it was virtually synonymous with biological racism and modern degenerationism. Furthermore, it was during this decade that eugenicists achieved two critical victories: Buck v. Bell, the US Supreme Court case that upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s sterilization law (1927), and the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act (1924), which set a quota of 2 percent on all immigrants from southern and eastern Europe based on the 1890 census and closed the gates to practically all newcomers from Asia.
Chapter 4, written for the revised edition, builds on the most recent scholarship on eugenics, race, and reproduction in California and uses newly discovered historical sources to explore patterns and experiences of eugenic sterilization in state institutions. California was by far the most aggressive sterilizer of any state, performing approximately one-third of the sixty thousand operations that occurred nationwide in the twentieth century. From 1909, the year California passed the country’s third eugenic sterilization law, until 1979, when this statute was repealed, twenty thousand inmates and patients in state hospitals and homes were sterilized on the basis of diagnoses that included but were not limited to feeblemindedness, idiocy, dementia praecox, and psychosis.
87 In a similar vein, Mexicans were simultaneously racialized and medicalized, sometimes in competing directions. 90 Furthermore, more than in any other region of the country, the racialized public health measures implemented in the American West were initially devised and assayed in US colonies. 91 Colonialism also circulated back to the American West in the racial taxonomies that informed miscegenation statutes, which forbade unions between whites and persons of color, as identiﬁed by a hodgepodge of classiﬁcations including mulatto, Malay, Mongolian, and Negro.