History 135: American History to 1877 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Loading...

PPT – History 135: American History to 1877 PowerPoint presentation | free to download - id: 4018e8-NTYwZ



Loading


The Adobe Flash plugin is needed to view this content

Get the plugin now

View by Category
About This Presentation
Title:

History 135: American History to 1877

Description:

History 135: American History to 1877 Introduction I. Was America a Mistake? An 18th century essay contest Guillaume-Thomas Raynal philosopher, professional crank v. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

Number of Views:80
Avg rating:3.0/5.0
Slides: 13
Provided by: b764
Category:

less

Write a Comment
User Comments (0)
Transcript and Presenter's Notes

Title: History 135: American History to 1877


1
History 135 American History to 1877
  • Introduction

2
I. Was America a Mistake?
  • An 18th century essay contest
  • Guillaume-Thomas Raynalphilosopher, professional
    crank
  • v. Adam Smith

3
A. Biological/natural inferiority
  • 1. 1780s - Comte de Buffon
  • It is a great and terrible spectacle to see one
    half of the globe disfavoredby nature that
    everything found thereis degenerate or
    monstrous.

4
B. Cultural decline
  • 1. Slavery

5
  • 2. Warfare among nation-states 1550-1815
  • 3. Individual brutality
  • Conquistadors

6
  • 4. Racial degeneration
  • coureurs de bois (French) mestizos (Spanish)
  • a.
    mixed couples
  • b. diluted religion

  • c. genocide

7
C. Mob politics
  • 1. Dark side of people

8
D. The Fall of the United States
  • 1. v.1776

9
II. Empire of Reason?
  • John Locke tabula rasa
  • Jefferson
  • My friends and children, we are descended from
    the old nations which live beyond the great
    water, but we and our forefathers have been so
    long here that we seem like you to have grown out
    of this land. We consider ourselves no longer of
    the old nations beyond the great water, but as
    united in one family with our red brethren here.
    - to the Wolf and People of the Mandan Nation,
    1806

10
A. Natures Nation
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Frontier Thesis
    1893
  • Americans as
  • democratic egalitarian
    materialistic aggressive

11
B. Cry Liberty!
  1. Reconcile cultural dominance w/ national legacy
  2. The Spirit of 76

12
The American Experience
  • How have Americans defined liberty?
  • What are the limits liberty?
  • What are the contradictions in American history
    and society?
About PowerShow.com