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American History A.S.A.P.
     

American History A.S.A.P.

by Ph.D., Alan Axelrod Alan
 

A concise, easy-to-read text of 200 chronologically ordered events that shaped American history from the early Native Americans to the present, this handy guide offers just the facts you need to know-as soon as possible.

• How did a 17th century conflict become the costliest war America ever fought?
• How did the Eighteenth Amendment make organized

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A concise, easy-to-read text of 200 chronologically ordered events that shaped American history from the early Native Americans to the present, this handy guide offers just the facts you need to know-as soon as possible.

• How did a 17th century conflict become the costliest war America ever fought?
• How did the Eighteenth Amendment make organized crime big business?
• How did a failed vaudevillian ignite the infant medium of television?

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Publishers Weekly
Need a quick fix on major events in American history? For readers who want the facts as opposed to the myth of Pocahontas, or who've forgotten the gist of the XYZ Affair or the year of the Montgomery bus boycott, it's all here-200 major events in American history, beginning around 40,000 B.C. with the first immigrants, and ending with "the first war of the 21st century," in Afghanistan. There is distinct attention given to women's and multicultural history (the 1848 Seneca Falls convention on women's rights is included, as is the founding of the NAACP). The entries range from one to three pages (a little too brief sometimes-e.g., the entry on the Domino Theory doesn't fully explain the significance of its analogy). But Axelrod, author of 60 books (including the four-volume Encyclopedia of the American West) provides the basic facts and a bit of context, explaining, for instance, the radical nature of the Homestead Act and the divisiveness created by the Rosenberg case. This is a handy reference book that, with its chronological organization, is easy to use. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735203051
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., is a former professor of English at the University of Iowa. Currently an executive in the publishing industry, he has authored dozens of books, including America's Wars; The Penguin Dictionary of American Folklore, and the four-volume Encyclopedia of the American West. He has served as a consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions and has been a creative consultant for, and on-camera personality in, the "Wild West" television documentary series, "Civil War Journal" on A&E, and The Discovery Channel.

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