This Country of Ours

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Genres: Children's History
Language: English
Type: Digital

"This Country of Ours" by H. E. Marshall chronicles the history of the United States, spanning from European exploration to the early 20th century. However, it's important to note a key perspective:

  • Focus on European Arrival: The story begins with European explorers, not the Native American inhabitants who had lived on the continent for centuries.

Here's a breakdown of the book's content:

  • Exploration Era: Marshall narrates the voyages of famous explorers like Columbus, John Cabot, and Henry Hudson, detailing their search for a westward passage to Asia and their eventual encounters with North America.

  • Colonization: The book dives into the founding of various colonies along the Eastern seaboard, highlighting figures like William Penn, James Oglethorpe, and John Smith. It explores the reasons for colonization, the challenges faced by the settlers, and their interactions with Native American tribes.

  • Struggles for Independence: Marshall chronicles the growing tensions between the colonies and British rule, leading to the American Revolution. The book details key events like the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the Declaration of Independence.

  • Formation of a Nation: The narrative follows the drafting of the Constitution and the challenges of establishing a new government. It introduces prominent figures like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

  • Westward Expansion: The book explores the westward movement of American settlers, their encounters with Native American populations, and the ongoing territorial expansion of the United States.

  • Civil War: Marshall covers the growing rift between the North and South over slavery, culminating in the Civil War. The book describes key battles like Gettysburg and Antietam, and ultimately, the Union victory.

  • Early 20th Century: The narrative concludes with the United States entering the 20th century under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

It's important to be aware that this book was published in 1917 and reflects the historical viewpoints of that time period. Modern historical understanding recognizes the importance of acknowledging the presence of Native Americans before European arrival and the complexities of their interactions with colonists.


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