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Category Archives: Introduction to America
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’s beginning in the 16th century … Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
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
This beautiful video makes you feel good about America.