Alpha Teach Yourself American History in 24 Hours


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This Alpha Tech Yourself title offers a concise step-by-step survey of the great events, personalities and ideas symbolizing American ...
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The Alpha Teach Yourself style offers a clear promise: essential knowledge of American history in 24 one-hour long lessons.

-- The strong tutorial element in this book makes it a perfect classroom supplement for teachers and students.

This Alpha Tech Yourself title offers a concise step-by-step survey of the great events, personalities and ideas symbolizing American History, including the arrival of the first (native) Americans, the formation of the American colonies, our country's road to independence through the Revolution, westward expansion, slavery and the sectionalism of America, the Civil War, reform and the immigrant inflow to America, our darkest economic hour in the Depression and the promise of The New Deal, all the World Wars, Vietnam and the "Cold" one, the Civil Rights Movement, the counter-culture and environmentalism, the 80s new conservatism, the space shuttle, and coming to grips with the new terror now facing our nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028644073
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Alpha Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xvii
Part I The Foundations of America 1
Hour 1 Coming to America 3
The Emigration Begins 3
Building Mounds 5
Potlatch 5
Native American Cultures 6
Who Were the Anasazi? 7
The First Europeans 8
Early Settlements 11
Jamestown 13
Hour's Up! 14
Hour 2 The Europeans Keep Coming 17
Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony 17
Rhode Island 19
New Haven Colony 20
New Netherland 20
Maryland 21
Relations with the Indians 22
Second Generation of British Colonies 24
New Amsterdam 25
The Carolinas 26
Pennsylvania 26
Georgia 27
Settlers, Slaves, and Servants 27
New England 28
Hour's Up! 29
Hour 3 The Colonies Grow 31
The Middle Colonies 31
The Southern Colonies 32
The Witches of Salem 34
New Peoples 35
An American Culture Emerges 35
Colonial Education 35
Free Press 37
The Great Awakening 38
The Emergence of Colonial Government 39
Hour's Up! 42
Hour 4 A Country Forms 45
The French and Indian War 45
A New Colonial System 47
Stamp Act 49
Taxation Without Representation 50
Townshend Acts 51
Samuel Adams 54
Sam Adams Hosts a "Tea Party" 54
The Intolerable Acts 56
Hour's Up! 58
Hour 5 The Road to Independence 61
The Revolution Begins 61
Common Sense and Independence 63
Defeats and Victories 65
France Enters the War 67
The British Move South 68
Victory and Independence 68
Loyalists During the American Revolution 69
State Constitutions 70
Hour's Up! 72
Hour 6 The Constitution 73
Articles of Confederation 73
Growing Pains 74
Thirteen State Limit 74
Constitutional Convention 76
Debate and Compromise 78
Ratification and the Bill of Rights 81
Hour's Up! 82
Part II Expansion from Sea to Shining Sea 85
Hour 7 A National Government 87
President Washington 87
Hamilton vs. Jefferson 89
Citizen Genet and Foreign Policy 90
Adams Takes Charge 92
A New Broom 93
The Louisiana Purchase 94
The Impressment Issue 95
The War of 1812 96
Hour's Up! 98
Hour 8 The New Country 101
The Great Awakening, the Next Generation 101
Building Unity 103
The Supremes Get Some Respect 104
Slavery Goes West 104
The Monroe Doctrine 106
The New Politics 107
Nullification Crisis 109
Hour's Up! 110
Hour 9 Westward Expansion 113
The All-New Battle of the Bank 113
A Whig Can Also Be a Party 115
A Show About "Know-Nothings" 116
Stirring Up Reform 117
Westward Ho the Wagons 118
The Indian Removal 120
Women Have Rights, Too 121
Women Declare Their Independence 122
Hour's Up! 123
Hour 10 Slavery Divides the Country 125
Two Americas 126
The Land of Milk and Honey 126
Slavery Divides the Country Against Itself 127
The Abolitionists 129
Remember the Alamo! 131
Yet Another Compromise 133
A Nation Divided Against Itself 134
What Dred Hath Scott Wrought? 136
Hour's Up! 136
Hour 11 Sectional Conflict 139
Lincoln and Douglas Debate 139
John Brown's Body 140
The War Between the Yankees and the Americans 141
Run Bull, Run 142
The Emancipation Proclamation 145
Caught in the Draft 146
Peaceniks and Copperheads 146
Gettysburg and Vicksburg 147
The Presidential Race 148
Toward Appomattox 149
Hour's Up! 150
Hour 12 Reconstruction and Growth 153
With Malice Toward Some 153
Radical Reconstruction 155
The End of Reconstruction 157
Technology Changes the World 159
The Man of Steel 159
Big Business and Smoggy Cities 160
Hour's Up! 162
Part III One Nation, No Longer Divided 165
Hour 13 Growth and Transformation 167
Railroads Keep on Rollin' 167
Agriculture Grows Through Invention and Education 169
The Divided South 170
West, the Final Frontier 171
Custer's Last Stand 173
The Charge Up San Juan Hill 175
Hour's Up! 177
Hour 14 Discontent and Reform 179
The Panama Canal 179
The Ugly American 180
The Open Door Policy 181
Home, Home, on the Grange 181
The Struggles of Labor 184
The Reformers and Do-Gooders 187
The New Century 189
Hour's Up! 189
Hour 15 World War I 191
The Square Deal 191
The Income Taxman Cometh 193
Give Me Your Huddled Masses 195
The World at War 197
Over There, Over There 199
The League of Nations 200
Reds 201
Hour's Up! 202
Hour 16 The Great Depression 203
The Roaring Twenties 203
Teapot Dome 204
Silent Cal 205
Don't Give Me Your Huddled Masses 205
Culture Clash 206
Black Exodus 208
The Great Depression 209
The New Deal 210
The Grapes of Wrath 213
This NRA Does Not Have Charlton Heston 214
Social Security 214
Hour's Up! 215
Hour 17 World War II 217
Roosevelt Wins a Second Term 217
While America Slept 218
Pearl Harbor 221
The World at War 223
The Nisei 223
"Europe First" Policy 224
The War in the Pacific 225
The Atomic Age Begins 227
Hour's Up! 229
Hour 18 The Cold War 231
The Politics of War and Peace 231
The Yalta Conference 233
The Potsdam Conference 233
Judgment at Nuremberg 234
United Nations 234
The Buck Stops Here 235
The War Turns Cold 235
The Conflict Begins 236
Containment 237
Marshall Plan 238
Berlin Airlift 239
The Korean War 240
Hour's Up! 243
Part IV America Leads the World 245
Hour 19 Civil Rights 247
The Fair Deal 247
Massive Retaliation 249
The Red Menace 251
The Economy Takes Off 253
The Burbs 254
The Beatniks 256
We Shall Overcome 257
Hour's Up! 259
Hour 20 The Great Society 261
Separate but Equal 261
The New Frontier 263
The Cuban Missile Crisis 265
The Space Program 266
The Great Society 267
Good Morning, Victnam 269
Hour's Up! 272
Hour 21 The Minorities Take Charge 275
Tricky Dick 275
Detente 277
Watergate 277
The Peanut Farmer 278
We Shall Overcome 280
I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar 282
Latinos 284
Indians Turn into Native Americans 285
Hour's Up! 286
Hour 22 Changing Culture 289
Tune In, Turn On, and Drop Out, Man 289
Tree Huggers 290
Megabytes and Micro-Computers 291
Homosexuals Turn Gay 293
The Moral Majority 293
Infanticide 294
Mr. Bonzo Goes to Washington 295
Supply-Side Economics 295
Latin America 297
Grenada 299
South Africa 299
Lebanon 300
Hour's Up! 300
Hour 23 Century's End 303
Reagan's Death Star 304
The Space Shuttle 305
Black Monday 305
George Bush--the First Generation 306
The Savings and Loan Scandal 307
Panama 307
End to the Cold War 308
War in the Gulf 309
Oslo Accords 311
Hour's Up! 312
Hour 24 The Modern World 315
The 1992 Election 316
Perot, Bull Moose, and Other Wild Parties 316
The Clinton Presidency 318
Monica and the Impeachment 320
The End of Clinton's Term 321
World Trade Center Bombing 322
Oklahoma City Bombing 322
Khobar Towers Bombing 322
U.S. Embassy Bombings 323
Attack on the USS Cole 323
The Election Controversy 323
September Eleventh 324
The War on Terrorism 325
Epilogue 326
Hour's Up! 326
Appendixes 329
Appendix A Test Answers 329
Appendix B More Things to Know 335
Appendix C American History Chronology 341
Appendix D Famous Locations in American History 353
Index 377
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