By David Hackett Fischer

ISBN-10: 0195069056

ISBN-13: 9780195069051

This interesting ebook is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural heritage of the us, from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a background of yankee folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis concerning the significance for the USA of getting been British in its cultural origins.

While most folk within the usa this present day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated nearby cultures which have been created by way of British colonists, even whereas protecting ethnic identities while. during this feel, approximately all americans are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity will be. The concluding element of this outstanding booklet explores the ways in which local cultures have endured to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless support to form attitudes towards schooling, govt, gender, and violence, on which changes among American areas are more than among ecu international locations.

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The mouth of the Chicago River pictured in 1850. By this time the full impact of the canal and lake trade could be seen as the city developed into a busy harbor employing immigrants and native born alike. ) farmhouses, silos, barns, and towns. Chicago, located within reach of the vast forests of Michigan and Wisconsin, was the obvious gathering and shipping point for the industry. Water traffic was crucial to this movement of pine toward its natural market in the West. Lake Michigan funneled lumber to the Port of Chicago, which could then send it on its way.

2 Emporium of the West Figure 12. This artist’s depiction of Chicago in 1853 shows the growth of the South Side as it spreads from the busy river. ) In 1859, the McCormick Reaper Works occupied five buildings of two to five stories each providing 110,000 square feet of space on the north bank of the Chicago River’s Main Branch with a huge yard and dock on the river. The ­offices housed clerks who used maps marked with the chief grain-growing ­regions of the United States and tracked the offices and agents of the company as well as their sales over the last five years.

The inventor, Hiram Berdon, also addressed the concerns of local bakers, claiming that this “revolution” in bread production would relieve Chicago’s bakers of endless toil. 8 Growth Problems Throughout history, American cities, especially western cities, constantly looked toward the federal government for assistance. In 1847, Chicago became the site of the River and Harbor Convention, the city’s first major national meeting. The convention was called largely to protest President Polk’s 1846 veto of the River and Harbor bill.

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