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American History (Science History)
American history extends farther into the past than the name "America," and we add to it every day. Below are some of the highlights to help you begin your journey of exploration.
U.S. History covers the development of the United States from the history of early exploration through modern times. American historical people are presented in the context of the development of the American nation on political, economic, and social planes.
Understanding history as best we can is important for obvious reasons. It’s particularly important for libertarians who want to persuade people to the freedom philosophy. In making their case for individual freedom, mutual aid, social cooperation, foreign nonintervention, and peace, libertarians commonly place great weight on historical examples most often drawn from the early United States. So if they misstate history or draw obviously wrong conclusions, they will discredit their case. Much depends therefore on getting history right.
"History is written by the winners", the saying goes. Credited to a "cynic," the axiom first appeared in The Boston Herald in 1929, according to Fred Shapiro, author of the Yale Book of Quotations.
Learning about our history is more than collecting names, facts and dates. Seeing and hearing history is a fresh way to get perspectives beyond what can be collected through a textbook. However, that does not make these resources any more or less true or factual than their printed counterparts.
American history, after all, is not an unbroken tale of values and decency. In fact, according to Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, American decency has always been more a theory than a practice and America's most important value—the value that turned this country from a marginal economic unknown to a world-straddling imperial power—was torture.
John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America. Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American Dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries. Their paths crossed repeatedly as they elected presidents, set economic policies and influenced major events of the 50 most formative years this country has ever known. From the Civil War to the Great Depression and World War I, they led the way.
Using state of the art computer generated imagery that incorporates 12 million historical negatives, many made available for the first time by the Library of Congress, this series will bring back to life the world they knew and the one they created. The event series will show how these men took a failed experiment in democracy and created the greatest superpower the world has ever seen. We see how their historic achievements came to create the America of today.
We should not forget that slavery in America was part of the engine of American economic growth, and so the USA was built on unfair and unethical processes.
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