Category Archives: Introduction to America

In 315 Years, Europeans Enslaved More Than 12.5 Million Africans.

North America was a bit player in the global slave trade. Overall, in 315 years, Europeans enslaved and transported more than 12.5 million Africans, according to Slate’s “History of American Slavery Academy.” “From the trade‚Äôs beginning in the 16th century … Continue reading

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment

It’s Difficult for Americans NOT to Have America-Centric View of the World

Spending a few weeks in the states, I had to consciously fight against the mindset that America is the center of the universe. My experiences as a world traveler tell me that the US most definitely is not the center … Continue reading

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment

Cultural Phenomenon of ‘Hamilton’ Broadway Musical and Story of America

Hamilton received 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Details.

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment

American Character: Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Colin Woodard, a journalist and historian, offers an explanation of current political struggles in the United States with American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. The independent streak found its most pernicious … Continue reading

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment

Only 15% of Americans Have Traveled Outside North America; Most Have Visited Just 12.5 States

Only 30 percent of Americans in 2011 had passports, and only half of those traveled outside North America, to places other than Canada and Mexico. While the percentages might have grown slightly since the end of the Great Recession, they … Continue reading

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment

Future Generations Will Not Identify With European Ancestry

As I look to the future, I can already see that the genealogy of my grandchildren and great nieces and nephews is amazing in its diversity. While I have identified my heritage as primarily Northern European (Scottish and English), that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Ancestors, Introduction to America | Leave a comment

National Park Service Is 100 Years Old

This beautiful video makes you feel good about America.

Posted in Introduction to America | Leave a comment