America: A Concise History, 4th edition (Volumes I & II by James A. Henretta

By James A. Henretta

Short and reasonable, but cautious to not sacrifice components very important to pupil studying, the United States supplies scholars and teachers every little thing they need, and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory powerof the dad or mum textual content, assisting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred, yet why — so they’re by no means left puzzling over what’s vital. a distinct seven-part narrative constitution highlights the the most important turning issues in American historical past and explores the dynamic forces shaping every one interval, facilitating scholars’ realizing of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and bolstered by way of bright full-color paintings, conscientiously crafted maps, and primary-source gains in each bankruptcy. the result's a quick ebook that, as well as being a good fee, is a wonderful price.

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The pope in Rome stood at the head of a vast religious hierarchy of cardinals, bishops, and priests. Catholic tracts and theologians preserved Latin, the great language of classical scholarship, and Christian dogma provided a common understanding of God, the world, and human history. Every village had a church, and the holy shrines that dotted the byways of Europe were reminders of the Church’s teachings and authority. Christian doctrine penetrated deeply into the everyday lives of peasants. Originally, most Europeans were pagans.

The winter solstice, which for pagans marked the return of the sun, became the feast of Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Christ. To avert famine and plague, Christianized peasants no longer made ritual offerings to nature; instead, they offered prayers to Christ. The Church also taught that Satan, a lesser and wicked supernatural being, was constantly challenging God by tempting people to sin. If a devout Christian fell mysteriously ill, the cause might be an evil spell cast by a witch in league with Satan.

Eventually, Henry’s mariners sailed far into the Atlantic, where they discovered and colonized the Madeira and Azore islands; from there, they sailed to the subSaharan African coast. By 1435, Portuguese sea captains had reached Sierra Leone, where they exchanged salt, wine, and fish for African ivory and gold. By the 1440s, the Portuguese were trading in humans as well, the first Europeans to engage in the longestablished African trade in slaves. Henry’s mission of enhancing Portugal’s wealth through trade with West Africa had succeeded.

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