Painless American History

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-20
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc
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The grand drama of American history is covered, starting with Columbus's landing, and continuing through European colonisation, United States independence, and the nation's development and growth to become the leading world power. This edition has been updated to include important events of the twenty-first century. Painless titles offer informal, student-friendly approaches to each subject, emphasizing interesting details, supplementing the text with amusing insights, and outlining potential pitfalls clearly and step by step. Students begin to understand how disparate details all fit together to form a clear picture. Timelines, ideas for interesting projects, and "Brain Tickler" quizzes in many of these titles help to take the tedium out of study and improve each student's grades.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Why Study American History?p. 1
You and Sherlock, the American History Detectivep. 3
The Tools of the Tradep. 4
History Can Be Funp. 9
Three Worlds Collide (Ancient Times to 1620)p. 13
Moving from Isolation to Interactionp. 16
Early European Exploration and Colonizationp. 21
The New World Develops Settlementsp. 27
The First Slavesp. 31
Colonial-Indian Relationsp. 32
Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)p. 33
Patterns of Colonizationp. 36
Political Institutions in the English Coloniesp. 40
Religious Institutions in the English Coloniesp. 43
Social Institutions of the English Coloniesp. 46
The Status of Slavery and Its Impact on Colonial Lifep. 49
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820)p. 53
The Causes of the American Revolutionp. 56
The Impact of the American Revolutionp. 64
Results of the American Revolutionp. 70
The Formation of a New Governmentp. 71
Expansion and Reform (1801-1848)p. 83
Growing Painsp. 86
Early Foreign Policy Controversiesp. 91
Political Developments after 1800p. 92
Domestic Issues Facing the Nationp. 97
Foreign Policy Developmentsp. 103
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1870)p. 107
Causes of the Civil Warp. 110
The War Beginsp. 116
Reconstructionp. 124
A Final Word About the Civil War and Reconstructionp. 127
The Industrial Development of the United States (1868-1898)p. 129
The Rise of Industryp. 131
The Rise of Corporationsp. 135
The Rise of the American Labor Movementp. 139
The Rise of Immigrationp. 144
The Fate of the Indians and the Closing of the Westp. 148
The Emergence of Modern America (1898-1929)p. 153
The Progressive Movementp. 156
An Emerging Global Nationp. 162
World War Ip. 167
The Roaring Twentiesp. 171
The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)p. 179
Causes of the Great Depressionp. 182
FDR's First 100 Daysp. 184
The New Dealp. 186
World War IIp. 190
FDR's Legacyp. 198
Postwar America (1946-1968)p. 201
The Cold Warp. 204
Truman and the Cold Warp. 208
Eisenhower and the Cold Warp. 211
A New President, a New Decade of Changep. 217
Lyndon B. Johnson-A President Facing Crisisp. 221
Modern America (1968-2000)p. 227
1968-A Year of Turmoilp. 231
The Election and Presidency of Richard Nixonp. 233
The Role of the Supreme Courtp. 237
Presidential Crisesp. 238
The New Millenniump. 249
2000-A New Century and New Challengesp. 253
Political Challenge at the Beginning of the '21st Centuryp. 255
Global Challenges at the Beginning of the 21st Centuryp. 267
A Final Notep. 273
Appendix-Internet Resourcesp. 275
Chapter 1p. 275
Chapter 2p. 275
Chapter 3p. 276
Chapter 4p. 277
Chapter 5p. 278
Chapter 6p. 279
Chapter 7p. 280
Chapter 8p. 281
Chapter 9p. 282
Chapter 10p. 284
Chapter 11p. 286
Chapter 12p. 288
Indexp. 291
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