Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

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Designed to help students better understand the vitally important historical events of 18th century American history, this volume in the acclaimed series presents 10 major events in separate chapters. From the Great Awakening early in the century to Jefferson's Revolution of 1800, each chapter goes beyond the traditional textbook treatment of history by considering the immediate and far-reaching ramifications of each event. Events covered are: The Great Awakening, The Era of Salutary Neglect, The French and Indian War, The Stamp Act, The Boston Tea Party, The Declaration of Independence, The American Revolution, The Constitutional Convention, The XYZ Affair, and The Revolution of 1800.

Each chapter features an introductory essay that presents the facts of the event, followed by an interpretive essay that places the event in a broader context and promotes student analysis. The introductory essay provides factual material in a clear, concise, chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. The interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field and written in a style designed to appeal to a general readership, assesses the event in terms of its political, economic, sociocultural, and international/diplomatic significance. With its emphasis on factual details and interpretive analysis, an illustration, and an annotated bibliography for each event, a glossary of names, events, and terms of the period, a timeline of important events in eighteenth-century history, and a table of the population of the colonies and selected colonial towns, Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading in social studies and American history courses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[T]his title is an excellent supplementary resource. . . . Recommended."


The Book Report

"A fine aid to understanding the events of the 18th century. . . . This very readable volume is packed with good historical insight."


School Library Journal

"The articles are well written and balanced, and the authors do not limit themselves exclusively to the 10 topics at hand. . . . [T]his source should prove valuable for U.S. history circulating collections."



School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A fine aid to understanding the events of the 18th century and their significance to the religious, political, and social structure of our nation. Ten chapters cover major historical events in essay format. Each one opens with an introductory piece and ends with an annotated bibliography. Topics include the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the Constitutional Convention, and the XYZ Affair. A black-and-white reproduction precedes each essay. The book also has a time line and a chart of the "Population of Colonies and Selected Colonial Towns." This very readable volume is packed with good historical insight.-Marsha S. Holden, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents


The Great Awakening, c. 1730s-1760


Interpretive Essay by Carl E. Kramer

The Era of Salutary Neglect, c. 1720s-1750


Interpretive Essay by Thomas A. Prasch

The French and Indian War, 1754-1763


Interpretive Essay by Thomas Clarkin

The Stamp Act, 1765


Interpretive Essay by Thomas C. Mackey

The Boston Tea Party, 1773


Interpretive Essay by Henry E. Mattox

The Declaration of Independence, 1776


Interpretive Essay by Rick Kennedy

The American Revolution, 1775-1783


Interpretive Essay by Steven E. Siry

The Constitutional Convention, 1787


Interpretive Essay by Julia A. Woods

The XYZ Affair, 1798-1800


Interpretive Essay by Donald A. Rakestraw

The Revolution of 1800


Interpretive Essay by Peter G. Felton

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Timeline

Appendix C: Population of Colonies and Selected Colonial Towns


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