Colonial American History

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we have today. Another example of ideas, beliefs, and culture would be the coalition the early colonists formed which is incredibly reminiscent of the coalition the early states formed against British occupation, which foreshadowed the concept of ‘The United States of America’. The early coalition was against a vast and seemingly superior foe(much akin to the British during the Revolutionary War), and consisted of the colonies of Plymouth, New Haven, Massachusetts Bay, and Connecticut. However, unlike the later coalition, Rhode Island refused to involve themselves in the allegiance. Finally, many of the ways the Pilgrims and their progeny treated the native peoples foreshadowed the mistreatment of the Native Americans today. Due to the colonists…show more content…
Yet such reservations are often overcrowded and in poor condition. As one can observe the author of Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick managed to write an excellent historical text, by making excellent use of a wide array of historical themes. The Cycles of American History by Arthur Schlesinger is an excellent historical text, because unlike the many mundane historical pieces it makes excellent use of chronological reasoning and thus gives the reader foresight into why certain events occurred and how they impacted the identity of America as well as politics in America. The skill of chronological reasoning is threefold, consisting of historical causation, patterns of continuity and change over…show more content…
However, as opposed to Mayflower, Schlesinger focused more on the themes of politics and power(focusing on ongoing debates over the role of the state and its potential as an agent of change, access to individual rights, tension between liberty and authority) America in the world(American foreign policy and military actions, in general how America influences world affairs) and lastly Identity. As Schlesinger focused more on the cycle of American politics he focused the most on the theme of politics and power. He discussed that one of the biggest political issue was the issue of conservatism(seen in the idea of private interests) in which the Republicans in America desired to keep or ‘conserve’ certain aspects of American politics and ideals but the Democrats desired change and wished to modify the government and American politics(seen in the idea of public purpose). Early in the colonization of America this was a continuing theme in America and its development leading to the creation of the two party system in America, which has yet to change for centuries. In fact, these two parties exist today and continue to argue with one party rising to power for roughly thirty years while the other party gathers strength. As mentioned prior, a large component of The Cycles of American History was post WWII with the rise of public purpose which gave rise to new individual
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