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An Empire for Liberty: From Washington to Lincoln: v. 2

An Empire for Liberty: From Washington to Lincoln: v. 2 (Hardback)

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Esmond Wright, one of the world's foremost historians of the United States, here tells the story of its origins and foundation. Beginning with an account of pre-Columbian North America and its native peoples, he goes on to describe the establishment of the first European settlements and the long struggle between England, France and Spain for control of the continent, leading to the origins of the Independence movement and the founding of the modern United States. The book then goes on to describe the country's first century, from the formation of government and its constitution, through the Indian Wars and the drive to the West, to the war between the states and attempts at national reconstruction and reconciliation. By this time the USA was already set on its course to world economic and political pre-eminence. Colonial society can be seen as essentially European - the people of the United States, the author argues, were increasingly the progenitors of their own ideas, their own culture and their own institutions.

This book is as much the history of individuals - Franklin, Edwards, Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Cooper, Lee and Grant - as of the movements they helped to create or destroy. Esmond Wright is the author of "A Search for Liberty", "Washington and the American Revolution", "A Time for Courage", "The Fire of Liberty", "Franklin of Philadelphia".

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd Publication Date: 27/08/1995 ISBN-13: 9781557862600  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Esmond Wright is a graduate of the universities of Durham in England and of Virginia in the United States (where in 1940 he received his degree from Franklin D. Roosevelt). After serving in the British Eighth Army in World War II, he pursued an academic career, teaching at the universities of Glasgow, London, Yale, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Ohio State. From 1970 to 1983 he was director of the Institute of US Studies at the University of London.

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