America's Impact on the World: A Study of the Role of the by William Woodruff

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The first blow- that awful act of rebellion, of 'insurrection', as Lincoln called it-fell on 12 April1861, when Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbour, was shelled. Lincoln's quick *Less than 2 cents per acre. 28 America's Impact on the World response was the call to arms. Twenty-three northern and border states were committed to a battle to preserve the Union. The leaders of eleven southern states quickly joined in a bid for independence. Overnight, the nation was split asunder. The trail to Appomattox long preceded the shelling of the Federal flag at Fort Sumter.

No 'rush' equalled that to the banks of the Sacramento in 1848. Oh! California! That's the land for me; I'm off to Sacramento With my washbowl on my knee. Overnight, once the cry of 'gold' had been heard, San Francisco became a deserted city. Rumour soon had it that the Sierra Nevada mountains were made of solid gold and silver; and, if they were not, there was certain to be a mountain farther on that was. By every possible means, from every continent, people flocked to California, the new land of promise.

Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. 45 Yet his people, decimated, torn apart, scattered to the winds, did not die. Those who survived clung to life with the same tenacity they had shown when fighting the white invader. In time, they began to multiply (Indians in the United States now number more than 800,000) 46 and, as they did, they won acceptance (in word if not in deed) as brothers in the white man's house. 47 Thus did the white man's aggressive civilisation prevail; thus did the common man win 'God's country'.

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