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By Howard Zinn

Recognized for its full of life, transparent prose in addition to its scholarly learn, A People's heritage of the USA is the one quantity to inform America's tale from the viewpoint of -- and within the phrases of -- America's ladies, manufacturing facility employees, African american citizens, local americans, operating terrible, and immigrant workers.

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Under Lord Cornbury in the early 1700s, one grant to a group of speculators was for 2 million acres. " A city council resolution read: Whereas the Necessity, Number and Continual Increase of the Poor within this City is very Great and ... frequendy Commit divers misdemeanors within the Said City, who living Idly and unemployed, become debauched and Instructed in the Practice of Thievery and Debauchery. For Remedy Whereof... Resolved that there be forthwith built... A good, Strong and Convenient House and Tenement.

The growing cities generated more skilled workers, and the governments cultivated the support of white mechanics by protecting them from the competition of both slaves and free Negroes. " In the southern towns too, white craftsmen and traders were protected from Negro competition. In 1764 the South Carolina legislature prohibited Charleston masters from employing Negroes or other slaves as mechanics or in handicraft trades. Middle-class Americans might be invited to join a new elite by attacks against the corruption of the established rich.

Twenty-three rebel leaders were hanged. It was a complex chain of oppression in Virginia. The Indians were plundered by white frontiersmen, who were taxed and controlled by the Jamestown elite. And the whole colony was being exploited by England, which bought the colonists' tobacco at prices it dictated and made 100,000 pounds a year for the King. Berkeley himself, returning to England years earlier to protest the English Navigation Acts, which gave English merchants a monopoly of the colonial trade, had said: ...

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