Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

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In the year 1800 the United States was a fledgling nation. By the time the century ended we had expanded westward exponentially, stamped our imprint as the major power in the Western hemisphere, revolutionized our economy from agriculture to manufacturing, and suffered the schism of a civil war that nearly brought the nation as conceived by our forefathers to an end. To help students better understand the cataclysmic changes of this century, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the most important 19th-century events in America: the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, Jacksonian Democracy, Abolition, the war with Mexico, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the closing of the frontier, and the Spanish-American War.

Each of these events is dealt with in a separate chapter. A factual introductory essay provides clear, concise information in chronological order. The interpretive essay, written in a widely appealing style by a recognized authority, then places each event in a broader context and explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event. A selected bibliography that follows identifies the most important and recent scholarship about the event. A full-page photo or illustration of each event portrays a visual component to the narrative. The volume contains three useful appendices: a glossary of names, events, and terms; a timeline of important events in 19th-century American history; and a list of 19th-century U.S. presidents, vice presidents, and secretaries of state. This work 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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The Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, Jacksonian democracy, abolition, the war with Mexico, the Civil War, the industrial revolution, the closing of the frontier, and the Spanish-American War are described and their significance evaluated. For study and discussion by students entering college with a deficiency in knowledge about US history and how it has affected their lives. Includes a glossary without pronunciation, a timeline, and a list of top national officials. The first volume in the series surveys the 20th century. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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JOHN E. FINDLING is coeditor of the Greenwood Press "Events That Changed America" series, which includes Events That Changed America in the Twentieth Century (1996), and coeditor of the "Events That Changed the World" series, which includes Events That Changed the World in the Twentieth Century (1995) and Events That Changed the World in the Nineteenth Century (1996).

FRANK W. THACKERAY is coeditor of the Greenwood Press "Events That Changed America" series, which includes Events That Changed America in the Twentieth Century (1996), and coeditor of the "Events That Changed the World" series, which includes Events that Changed the World in the Twentieth Century (1995) and Events That Changed the World in the Nineteenth Century (1996).

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 The Louisiana Purchase, 1803 1
Interpretive Essay 6
2 The War of 1812 19
Interpretive Essay 24
3 The Monroe Doctrine, 1823 39
Interpretive Essay 43
4 Jacksonian Democracy, 1828-1840 57
Interpretive Essay 62
5 Abolition, c. 1820s-1860 77
Interpretive Essay 81
6 The War with Mexico, 1846-1848 95
Interpretive Essay 102
7 The Civil War, 1861-1865 117
Interpretive Essay 123
8 The Industrial Revolution, c. 1860s-1890s 139
Interpretive Essay 145
9 The Closing of the Frontier, c. 1890s 161
Interpretive Essay 166
10 The Spanish-American War, 1898-1901 175
Interpretive Essay 181
App. A: Glossary 193
App. B: Timeline 199
App. C Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Secretaries of State in the Nineteenth Century 205
Index 207
About the Editors and Contributors 215
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