By John Steele Gordon

Original yr of publication: 2005

Throughout time, from historical Rome to fashionable Britain, the nice empires equipped and maintained their domination via strength of palms and political energy. yet no longer the USA. the USA has ruled the realm in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive means -- throughout the endured construction of incredible wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing background, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means prior to the real resource of our nation's international impact: wealth and the ability to create extra of it.
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Furthermore, such a position avoided one central point: the world war that Britain had successfully conducted had not been fought for the interests of the colonies alone, but for those of manufacturing towns and firms at home, as well, which needed new markets for their goods and greater supplies of raw materials 25 W H AT I F S ? O F A M E R I C A N H I S T O R Y with which to make them. The empire was an integrated system, not a series of component parts—or at least, London had always been wise enough to operate it as such, quietly aware of and perturbed by the fact that the colonies had a much greater chance of achieving true selfsufficiency than did the mother country.

And it is almost impossible to imagine such commitments taking so firm a hold on the American imagination had the New Englanders been absorbed by the colonists of the Middle Atlantic and the South. For religion itself their heritage was more ambiguous. ” The result is an “inseparable faith in God and Country” that makes the United States distinctive among Western nations. To the extent that this has been an essential thread through 250 years of history, its origins lie in the Puritans’ conviction that faith is the foundation on which a person’s life is built and thus the foundation of society itself.

What would the domestic history of the modern United States have been like, for example, had Abraham Lincoln lived to do what only he could have done, impose an enlightened and charitable version of Reconstruction on the defeated Confederacy, while simultaneously demanding that they never waver in their march toward progress in racial laws and policies? How much would the survival of John F. Kennedy have meant to the preservation rather than the deterioration of America’s international prestige during the 1960s, as well as the prevention of the Vietnam War?

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