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Old March 29th, 2012, 04:34 AM   #1
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The history of the United States as covered in schools and universities typically begins with either 1492 and Columbus, or--especially in recent years--with the prehistory of the Native peoples. Officially the United States of America began as an independent nation with the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. European colonists reached the Gulf and Pacific coasts, but the largest settlements were by the English on the East Coast, starting in 1607. By the 1770s the Thirteen Colonies contained two and half million people. They were prosperous, and had developed their own political and legal systems. The British government's threat to American self-government led to war in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. With major military and financial support from France, the patriots won the American Revolution. In 1789 the Constitution became the basis for the United States federal government, with war hero George Washington as the first president. The young nation continued to struggle with the scope of central government and with European influence, creating the first political parties in the 1790s, and fighting a second war for independence in 1812.
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When I started school, the history of The United States began with May 14th, 1607. I was from Virginia so that was the starting date of importance for the education of Virginians. Columbus and the other Spanish, French, English and other explorers were discussed but the importance of Jamestown was far more discussed in our education.
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When I was in school American History started with the Crusades.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #4

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When I started school, the history of The United States began with May 14th, 1607. I was from Virginia so that was the starting date of importance for the education of Virginians. Columbus and the other Spanish, French, English and other explorers were discussed but the importance of Jamestown was far more discussed in our education.
That's what mine was too. The explorers, including the English ones like Hudson, were mentioned but everything started more in depth with Jamestown. The failed Roanoke colony was also glossed -- with folks like Lane going unmentioned altogether.
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I have several American History textbooks from over 100 years ago, and they all start with Leif Ericsson.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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Hmm...mine started thousands of years ago. I'd give it to be 10,000 BC to be my start.
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My history books like to start way back to when man crossed the Strait from what's now Russia into North America.

Of course, American history didn't start until 1776.
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For me it didn't matter what my history class taught or what it started with cause I wasn't good at memorizing dates and events. I just floated through the class until the day I challenged what was in the textbook because it did not seem logical that there would be only one side to the story, one interpretation of events. The day I discovered that there could be two rights and two wrongs, and maybe any number of in between, is when I awoke to history. These events we studied weren't just our events as portrayed in the school textbook, they were also another country's events. And, they may just have a different perspective on what actually happened. At that point history wasn't just memorizing facts, it was analyzing events, emotions, capabilities, posturing, projections, perceptions and propaganda. Now it was interesting, and I was involved.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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September 3, 1783 with the Treaty of Paris?

I know that you obviously wouldn't ignore the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, but it seems to me like this was the date that formalized the victory, creation, and acceptance of the United States to the outside world.

Perhaps I have an overly legalistic mindset, but I could sign a paper today making my house an independent country. If nobody else acknowledges it, that paper doesn't mean much.
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"American" history usually starts with Land Bridge Theory.

"US History" history usually begins at 1776 or with the events leading up to the American Revolution.
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