American Passages: A History in the United States, Volume I: by Edward L. Ayers, Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R.

By Edward L. Ayers, Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund

With a distinct awareness to time because the defining nature of background, AMERICAN PASSAGES bargains scholars a view of yankee heritage as a whole, compelling narrative. AMERICAN PASSAGES emphasizes the intertwined nature of 3 key features of time--sequence, simultaneity, and contingency. With readability and goal, the authors show how occasions develop from different occasions, people's activities, and huge structural alterations (sequence), how it sounds as if disconnected occasions happened in shut chronological proximity to each other and have been positioned in better, shared contexts (simultaneity), and the way historical past without notice pivoted due to occasions, personalities, and unforeseen results (contingency).

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When men had more than one wife, each woman lived with her children in a separate house. The extended family held land in common and assigned plots to individual families. Women and men worked in fields growing crops such as rice, cassava, wheat, millet, cotton, fruits, and vegetables. They kept livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens. Families produced food for their own use and for the market, where women were the primary traders. Artisans were skilled in textile weaving, pottery, basketry, and woodwork.

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