America: A Concise History has become the best-selling brief book for the U.S. History survey because of the uncommon value it offers instructors and students alike. The authors’ own abridgement preserves the analytical power of the parent text, America’s History , while offering all the... read more
“Few people counted the environmental costs when money was to be made (re: the settlement of the Plain States)”Author
“"The white children have surrounded me and left me nothing but an island."”Red Cloud-Sioux chief
“"When we first had all this land we were strong; now we are all melting like snow on a hillside, while you are grown like spring grass.”Red Cloud-Sioux chief
“"Upon< material progress> is found all other progress."”anonymous railroad president-1888
“"Can there be any doubt that cheapening the cost of necessaries and conveniences of life is the most powerful agent of civilization and progress."”anonymous railroad president-1888
“"...in America, the newcomers are of no use except to help fill the moneybags of the insatiable millionaires...In this realm of Mammon and Moloch everything has a value- except human life. Why? Because human life is a commodity the supply of which always exceeds the demand. There are always fresh recruits to supply the place of those who have fallen in battle...to swell the phalanx of the instruments of cupidity.”Count Vay De Vaya Und Luskod- Hungarian nobleman and functionary of the R.C. Church.
“For Middle-class Americans, the home was a place of nurture, a refuge from the world of competitive commerce. Perhaps that explains why their residences were so heavily draped and cluttered with bric-a-brac. All of it emphasized privacy and pride of possession.”Caption under a phote by Culver Pictures
“The Tenderloin and the Bowery, further downtown, were also the sites of a rubust gay subculture. The long held notion that homosexual life was cover, the the closet, in late 19th Cent. America, appears not to be true, at least not in America's premier city. Incertain corners of the city, a gay world flourished, with a full array of saloons, meeting places and drag balls, which were widely known and patronized by uptown 'slummers.'”
“The most important determinate of party loyalty (late 19th century) were religion and ethnicity. Statistically, northern Democrats tended to be foreign born and Catholic, while Republicans tended to be native-born and Protestant. Among the Protestants, the more pietistic a person's faith-i.e., the more personal and direct the believer's relationship to God- the more likely he or she was to be a Republican.”Author
“"godliness is in league with riches"”Episcopal Bishop, William Lawrence-Massachusetts
““Men are ordained to govern in all forceful and material things because they are men, while women, by the same decree of God and nature, are equally fitted to bear rule in a higher and more spiritual realm, where the strong frame and the weighty brain count for less.””An anti-suffrage resolution as reported by the author.
““Economic growth requires a growing volume of money. How fast the money supply should grow, however, is a divisive question. Having more money in circulation inflates prices and reduces the real cost of borrowing, ton the benefit of debtors and commodity producers. The “sound money” people- creditors, individuals on fixed incomes and established businessmen- have an opposite interest.””Author
““It is better to save them <the poor> before they go under, than to spend your life fishing them out afterward.””Josephine Shaw Lowell- Founder of New York’s Consumer League
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