Harvard Guide to American History

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The Harvard Guide has a long and distinguished history in the annals of reference works. First prepared in 1896 by Albert Bushnell Hart and Edward Charming, it was a unique scholarly tool. Revised in 1912 by Hart, Charming, and Frederick Jackson Turner, the Guide carried its entries through 1910 and became the standard text.

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Overview

The Harvard Guide has a long and distinguished history in the annals of reference works. First prepared in 1896 by Albert Bushnell Hart and Edward Charming, it was a unique scholarly tool. Revised in 1912 by Hart, Charming, and Frederick Jackson Turner, the Guide carried its entries through 1910 and became the standard text.

In 1954 the Harvard Guide to American History appeared, prepared and edited by members of the History Department of Harvard: Oscar Handlin, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Samuel Eliot Morison, Frederick Merk, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., and Paul Herman Buck. A one-volume compendium, the Guide became a classic in historical studies and won a place in every important library—both public and private—of American history.

Now twenty years later, Frank Freidel, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard, and Richard K. Showman, of the Rhode Island Historical Society, have made the Guide, once more, the most essential reference book for historians. Their work was sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard.

This thoroughly revised, comprehensive guide to American history reflects the explosive growth in historical publications and materials in the past two decades, and the expanding interests of American historians.

About one third of the entries are new. These not only represent the surge of books and articles during the last generation, but also reflect new areas of history. The brief topical sections in the last edition have grown into a three-hundred-page coverage of economic, social, and intellectual history. Demography, social structure, ethnicity, and the new urban and cultural dimensions of history find a place. Colonial history receives both topical and chronological treatment in an all-inclusive section. United States history since 1759, primarily political and diplomatic, appears in the familiar chronological form.

Enlarged and up-to-date sections cover research methods and material. There are practical suggestions on research, writing, and publication, and extensive citation of finding aids and bibliographies to introduce the user to collections of printed materials, public documents, microform, manuscripts, and archives. The section on care and editing of manuscripts, long standard on the subject, appears unchanged; other sections, such as those on automated data retrieval, quantitative techniques, and oral history, reflect innovations in the historian's craft.

The new Guide has been recast in columnar form to make it easier to locate references and includes crossreference by pages and sections to facilitate faster use.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674375550
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1979
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 1312

Table of Contents

Serial Abbreviations

Part One: Research Methods and Materials

Research, Writing, and Publication

Care and Editing of Manuscripts

Materials of History

Aids to Historical Research

Printed Public Documents

Unpublished Primary Sources

Microform Materials

Printed Historical Works

Part Two: Biographies and Personal Records

Travels and Description

Biographies and Writings

Part Three: Comprehensive and Area Histories

Introduction to American History

Regional, State, and Local Histories

Westward Expansion and the Frontier

Part Four: Histories of Special Subjects

Physical Environment

Government

Law

Politics

Economic History

Demography and Social Structure

Immigration and Ethnicity

Social Ills and Reform

Social Manners and Customs

Education

Religion

Intellectual History

Literature

Communication

The Arts

Pure and Applied Sciences

Part Five: America to 1789

Colonial Period to 1789

Age of Discovery

Non-English Settlements in America

Rise of Anglo-America

Development of the Colonies, 1688-1763

British Empire and Colonial Policy, 1660-1763

Revolutionary Era, 1753-1789

Histories of Special Subjects, 1607-1789

Part Six: United States, 1789-1860

United States, 1789-1860

Federalist Era, 1789-1801

Republican Supremacy, 1801-1817

New Nationalism, 1817-1829

Jacksonian Democracy, 1829-1841

Manifest Destiny

Old South, Slavery, and Abolitionism

Making of the Civil War

Part Seven: Civil War and Reconstruction

Civil War, 1860-1865

Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877

Part Eight: Rise of Industry and Empire

The Gilded Age, 1877-1900

American Empire, 1898-1933

Part Nine: Twentieth Century

United States in the Twentieth Century

Progressive Era

The Twenties

Depression, Hoover Administration, and New Deal

World War II, 1941-1945

Domestic Issues since 1945

Foreign Relations since 1945

Index

Index of Names

Subject Index

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