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U.S. History For Dummies by Steve Wiegand
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Now revised--the friendly, easy-to-understand guide to the story of America Since the publication of first edition of U.S. History For Dummies, significant events have reshaped thoughts about everything from oil consumption to mortgages to presidential candidates. This updated guide to the fascinating events and people of America's past and present features new and revised material covering the attacks of September 11th, the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2004 and 2008 elections, and other recent events that have shaped recent U.S. history. From pre-Columbus to the American Revolution, from the two World Wars to Watergate and beyond, it makes the topic accessible for students at all levels, as well as for parents and teachers who may need a quick refresher. Steve Wiegand (Hometown TK) is an award-winning political journalist and history writer. He currently writes a thrice-weekly political column for the Sacramento Bee.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting There, Getting Settled, and Getting Free 7 Chapter 1: America: A Short Biography 9 Chapter 2: Native Americans and Explorers: 12,000 BC(?)--1607 23 Chapter 3: Pilgrims' Progress: The English Colonies, 1607--1700 43 Chapter 4: You Say You Want a Revolution : 1700--1775 57 Chapter 5: Yankee Doodlin': 1775--1783 77 Chapter 6: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783--1800 91 Part II: Growing Pains 103 Chapter 7: "Long Tom" and One Weird War: 1800--1815 105 Chapter 8: Pulling Together to Keep from Falling Apart: 1815--1844 123 Chapter 9: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845--1860 145 Chapter 10: A Most Uncivil War: 1861--1865 159 Chapter 11: Putting the Country Back Together: 1865--1876 175 Part III: Coming of Age 189 Chapter 12: Growing Up: 1876--1898 191 Chapter 13: Growing into the 20th Century: 1899--1918 209 Chapter 14: Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919--1929 225 Chapter 15: Uncle Sam's Depressed: 1930--1940 241 Chapter 16: The World at War: 1941--1945 257 Part IV: America in Adulthood 275 Chapter 17: TV, Elvis, and Reds under the Bed: 1946--1960 277 Chapter 18: Camelot to Watergate: 1961--1974 293 Chapter 19: Hold the Malaise, or, Ayatollah So: 1975--1992 309 Chapter 20: No Sex, Please, I'm the President: 1993--1999 323 Chapter 21: "It's A Small World, After All": Entering the 21st Century 337 Part V: The Part of Tens 357 Chapter 22: Ten American Inventions that Changed Life as We Know It 359 Chapter 23: Ten Events that Defi ned American Culture 363 Chapter 24: Ten Events in US History They Keep Making into Movies 367 Part VI: Appendixes 371 Appendix A: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1--10 of the Constitution 373 Appendix B: The Declaration of Independence 375 Index 379

Author Biography

Steve Wiegand is an award-winning political journalist and history writer. He currently writes a thrice-weekly political column for the Sacramento Bee.
Release date Australia
May 29th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
black & white illustrations, maps, figures
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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