What is Robert V. Remini's controlling arguments in A Short History Of The United States?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the unique elements about Remini's work is that there are not dominant or controlling arguments in his work.  He presents a compressed history of the United States without a set of controlling argument.  His work is not exceptionalist and not predicated in the conflict mode of history.  Rather, Remini seeks to highlight what he considers to be the essential elements of American History from its founding to the relatively modern setting.  If there is something related to a controlling argument, it would be how Remini excels in his articulation of the impacts of 19th Century America, his intellectual source of strength.  One understands why Remini has been awarded so many accolades in the realm of Jacksonian scholarship because of Remini's treatment of the 19th Century's impact and formative role in the new nation.  It is not a "controlling argument," but his emphasis on the 19th Century role in American History does show a bit of bias on his part in terms of articulating the events that helped to construct the essentials of the American narrative.