By Edward L. Ayers, Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund
With a distinct realization to time because the defining nature of heritage, AMERICAN PASSAGES bargains scholars a view of yankee historical past as an entire, compelling narrative. AMERICAN PASSAGES emphasizes the intertwined nature of 3 key features of time--sequence, simultaneity, and contingency. With readability and objective, the authors show how occasions develop from different occasions, people's activities, and huge structural adjustments (sequence), how it sounds as if disconnected occasions happened in shut chronological proximity to each other and have been located in better, shared contexts (simultaneity), and the way heritage unexpectedly pivoted as a result of 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.
Source: Oliver Dunn and James E. , The Diario of Christopher Columbus’s First Voyage to America, 1492–1493 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989), 63–69. A Native Leader’s Speech to Columbus While the admiral [Columbus] was listening to divine service on the shore, they noticed one of their chief men; he was an octogenarian and an important man, but, for all that naked, with many in attendance on him. He stood by in wonder, his eyes and face intent, while the service was being carried out; then he presented the admiral with the gift of a basket, which he was carrying in his hand, full of his country’s fruits, and sitting in the admiral’s presence, with Diego Colón as interpreter, who understood their language since they were near his home, the man made the following speech: “News has been brought us that trusting in your powerful hand you have voyaged to these lands until now unknown to you, and have brought no ordinary fear to the people living there.
The Aztecs required tribute from the people they conquered: gold, feathers, turquoise, food, cotton, and human beings for sacrifice. They believed that every day they had to feed human hearts to the sun god, Huitzilpochtli, to prevent the world from coming to an end. To the north of the Valley of Mexico, the first mainly agricultural societies developed in the deserts of the present-day American Southwest. The Hohokam cultivated Indian corn, cotton, squash, and beans in Arizona and northern Sonora, building irrigation canals to draw water from nearby rivers.
American Passages: A History in the United States, Volume I: To 1877 by Edward L. Ayers, Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund