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America No other word in any language sparks such a passion of energy in people Why is this Is it because of the prosperity that the United States is associated with Maybe it is the idea of complete freedom Most people in less fortunate countries dream about a life in a new land Most often America is the land which pops into their heads If people in less fortunate countries dream of a new life in America why has their been a decline of patriotism Quite possibly it is the lack of education in the history of our fine country People have forgotten why we live in a free country or how our country came to be Possibly it is the fact that since we no longer realize the overwhelming odds we faced in the revolution or the matter of why we succeeded from Britain People take this country for granite Two authors Howard Zinn and Thomas A Baily have not forgotten why we broke away These men have similar opinions on the social political and revolutionary origins of our country North and South America were colonized by modern European countries The way these countries interacted was the basis for society in Colonial America For example Spain influenced the colonial times by introducing slavery through the Native Americans Because of Spains introduction of slavery it became a way of life in fifteenth sixteenth and seventeenth century America Baily and Zinn both agree that Colonial America was directly influenced socially by the mixing of different cultures from the immigrants Society was an important factor in colonial Americacolonial society was not democratic and certainly not equalitarian it was dominated by men who had money enough to make others work for them And Few of these men were descended from indentured servants and practically none had themselves been of that class Here Zinn gives an example of how society worked Baily wrote In contrast with contemporary Europe eighteenth-century
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