Great read by a new addition to my blogroll. You should add her to yours, too.
This is an idea put forth by Michael Barone of Washington Examiner. I think it has merit.
Barone noted that American history can be broken into several eras of 76 years — he thought that sounded appropriately American. These intervals were characterized by periods where the country was moving in a certain direction, then conditions began to break down and a great change came along.
From 1637 to 1713 (when the Treaty of Ulrecht settled one of the British-French colonial wars, the American colonies were being peopled by very small numbers of colonists could carved out distinct cultures that persist to this day. The Treaty of Ulrecht brought more British attention to the colonies. From 1713 to 1789, an increasingly diverse America became disillusioned with colonialism, launched a revolution and created a democratic republic. From 1789 to 1865, America pursued its manifest destiny and made great technological strides, but…
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