Reading Notes: A People's History of the United States: Chapter 5 (Partial)

Warning: What follows is more for my benefit than that of anyone else. I’m just using my blog as a repository for these notes as I read through A People’s History of the United States.

These are all quotes, unless otherwise marked - my comments are in italics.

  • In fact, the military became a place of promise for the poor, who might rise in rank, acquire some money, change their social status. - pg. 78.1 I guess some things never change… ;)
  • Ruling elites seem to have learned through the generations - consciously or not - that war makes them more secure against internal trouble. - pg 79.2
  • Under order from British General Jeffrey Amherst, the commander of Fort Pitts gave teh the attacking Indian chiefs, with whom he was negotiating, blankets from the smallpox hospital. It was a pioneering effort at what is now called biological warfare. - pg 87.3 - This happened post French and Indian War in 1763