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By Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff

The short variation of A humans AND A state preserves the text's method of American historical past as a narrative of all American humans. recognized for a couple of strengths, together with its well-respected writer workforce and fascinating narrative, the booklet emphasizes social heritage, giving specific consciousness to race and racial id. Like its full-length counterpart, the short 8th version specializes in tales of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture. a brand new layout makes for less complicated interpreting and note-taking. occasions as much as and together with the election of 2008 are up-to-date and incorporated, and new bankruptcy has been written on "The Contested West." on hand within the following break up suggestions: A humans AND A country, short 8th variation whole (Chapters 1-33), ISBN: 0547175582; quantity I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 0547175590; quantity II: considering 1865 (Chapters 16-33), ISBN: 0547175604.

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Railroad corporations also bought up mining operations, granaries, and lumber companies. Big business now employed lobbyists to curry favor with government. Corruption ran rampant, with some congressmen and legislators paid retainers of major companies. As captains of industry amassed unprecedented fortunes, gross economic inequality polarized American society. The workforce, worried a prominent Massachusetts business leader, was in a “transition state . . ” In New York and Philadelphia, workers increasingly lived in unhealthy tenement housing.

The bureau was a controversial aspect of Reconstruction. Southern whites hated it, and politicians divided over its constitutionality. Some bureau agents were devoted to freed men’s rights; others exploited the chaos of the postwar South. The war prompted an eternal question of republics: what are the social welfare obligations of the state toward its people, and what do people owe their governments in return? Apart from conquest and displacement of the eastern Indians, Americans were inexperienced at the Freedmen’s Bureau’s task—social reform through military occupation.

Then Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act, which gave the Senate power to approve changes in the president’s cabinet. Designed to protect Secretary of War Stanton, a Radical sympathizer, this law violated the tradition of presidents controlling cabinet appointments. All of these measures, along with the Reconstruction Acts, were passed by a two-thirds override of presidential vetoes. In response, Johnson limited the power of military commanders in the South and increased the powers of the civil governments he created in 1865.

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