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American History - a snapshot´┐Ż

Native Americans arrived on the North American continent in about the 9th millennium BC, give or take 5,000 years, and dominated the area until the influx of European settlers began in the early 17th century. Colonial America was defined by ongoing battles with Native Americans, a severe labor shortage which birthed forms of unfree labor such as slavery and indentured servitude, and a British policy of benign neglect which permitted the development of an American spirit and culture which was distinct from that of its European founders.

In the late 1700's, the United States won its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War and established itself as the United States of America.

The part of American history during which the United States began its rise to international power began in the 1800's. A ceaseless flood of European immigrants and the development of an industrial base the likes of which the world had not yet seen, had begun. During most of this period right up to the late 1920s the United States enjoyed a period of unbalanced prosperity: prices for agricultural commodities and wages fell at the end of the war while new industries (radio, movies, automobiles, and chemicals) flourished.

The boom however, was reflected by the extension of credit to a dangerous degree, including in the Stock Market, which rose to dangerously inflated levels. Then, the Stock Market crash in 1929 and the ensuing economic depression have been endlessly debated, often along ideological lines.

With millions unemployed, political ferment and discontent greatly increased among the working classes. An unsympathetic or repressive response from the U.S. government might well have sparked a socialist uprising, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected in 1932, implemented a number of programs to aid the poor and unemployed.

The nadir of the Great Depression was in 1933, but the economy showed very little improvement through the end of the decade, and remained grim until it was dramatically reshaped through America's involvement in World War II.

After the second world war, America experienced a period of great economic growth. The United States financed the reconstruction of Germany and Japan and eventually turned the former foes into allies. The post-war era in the United States was defined by the ever more challenging Cold War, the arms race and the space race. Meanwhile, the American people completed their great migration from the farms into the cities, began shifting the economy from an industrial base to a service economy, and enjoyed the prosperity of triumphalist America.

As the Cold War dragged on, the United States entered the Vietnam War, found itself fragmenting socially as women, minorities and young people rebelled against the status quo, and therein faced its greatest crisis since the Civil War. And then suddenly, it was all over and the country found itself in the doldrums of the 1970s, battling stagflation, Watergate and the first appearances of international terrorism. As the Soviet Union collapsed and the Eastern bloc shattered, the wealth of the United States grew to unprecedented proportions, as did its debt and international entanglements. Social change continued, albeit more slowly than in the 1960s, as the baby boomers put the finishing touches on their revolution.

And what of the present day situation? The American saga continues

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