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A Dictionary of American History

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This book is a concise, easy-to-use guide to the individuals, peoples, parties, movements, events, decisions, and wars that have shaped the history of the United States.

3,000 entries give succinct and essential information on the history of public life, social and cultural change, scientific and cultural achievement, and religious diversity. The book includes concise histories for every state, biographies of every president and leading figures in all fields of endeavor, and ...

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Overview

This book is a concise, easy-to-use guide to the individuals, peoples, parties, movements, events, decisions, and wars that have shaped the history of the United States.

3,000 entries give succinct and essential information on the history of public life, social and cultural change, scientific and cultural achievement, and religious diversity. The book includes concise histories for every state, biographies of every president and leading figures in all fields of endeavor, and accounts of all the wars and conflicts in which the country has been involved. It pays particular attention to the history of the American Indian peoples, and complements the full coverage of political, constitutional, and foreign affairs with a wide range of entries on gender and rights issues and on minority history.

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"It is fascinating, satisfying and richly informed. Each entry is a brilliant piece of American history or biography in ruthlessly summarized form." Contemporary Review

"The selection of entries seems judicious and more helpful than that in Martin and Gelber and other similar works; an up-to-date one-volume reference for office and home use." Reference for Books Bulletin

"This dictionary will surely become a stand-by for a generation of students, teachers and researchers." Reference Books

"Immensely useful to all engaged in the study of the American past. It will save them many hours of frustration in the search for essential but often elusive information." Reference Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557863980
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Blackwell Reference
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas L. Purvis has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Having taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and the College of William and Mary, he now devotes his time to historical research and writing. His books include The Historical Almanac of Revolutionary America 1763-1800 (1995), and Proprietors, Patronage and Paper Money (1986). He contributes to American National Biography as an associate editor.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Abbreviations.

Dictionary.

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