Colonial and Post-Colonial America

Topics: Thirteen Colonies, Slavery in the United States, Slavery Pages: 2 (631 words) Published: December 8, 2013
Living History

Flex Exam Essay Trimester 1 option #1 PM (View: Supporting)

“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”(Truman) America derives from relationships, events, and ideas that shaped all that it is today. The topics that most shaped America include the environment, government, and employment.

The environment is a crucial key to any society, especially America. When the first colonies were formed, each had a very distant environment because of their separation. Each environment influenced their economies and social structures. According to Olsen’s lecture on Life in Colonial Times, the southern colonies had warm weather and enough rain for a very long crop season. In turn, they had many slaves (so many that the whites were outnumbered) and a completely different society than the north. The northern colonies had long winters and the soil was filled with rocks, which made for a hard time growing crops. The middle colonies were a little better off, but the warm weather and mediocre soil only gave way for small farms (bread basket colonies). So what does this all mean for America today? The farms didn’t work out in Northern and middle colonies, which is why they have shifted to specified areas for each crop. Oranges are grown in Florida, while potatoes are grown in Idaho. The colonists helped post colonial Americans figure out where crops can and can’t be grown, and made way for the creation of industrial cities, where crops wouldn’t be able to thrive.

Government was a topic of controversy in pre colonial America, and it still is today. However, America wouldn’t be America without the ideas that the founding fathers set out. As presented in Wickers lecture on The Constitution, The Constitution set forth the idea of the three branches of government. This makes for a more fair system of government, and a far cry from a king born into the right family ruling the people’s every move. There would be no democracy,...
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