Let's Review U.S. History and Government


This updated edition reviews American history in its totality, starting with the Colonial era and concluding with recent significant events through the Obama administration's first term. The book presents:
  • Summaries of key topics with maps, charts, and illustrations
  • Review exercises consisting of ...
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This updated edition reviews American history in its totality, starting with the Colonial era and concluding with recent significant events through the Obama administration's first term. The book presents:
  • Summaries of key topics with maps, charts, and illustrations
  • Review exercises consisting of questions with answers
  • A detailed chronology of major events in American history
  • Thumbnail biographies of notable Americans
  • A glossary of history terms and an extensive index

Also presented is the latest New York State Regents U.S. History and Government Exam with answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438000183
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Let's Review Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 93,288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Supreme Court Cases xiii

United States History Documents xvi

Unit 1 Constitutional Foundations of the United States 1

Chapter 1 The Constitution: The Foundation of American Society 3

Foundations, Revolution, and Confederation 3

Constitutional Convention, Ratification, and a Bill of Rights 31

Constitutional Structure, Function, and Thirteen Enduring Issues 44

Launching a New Government 60

Chapter 2 The Constitution Tested: Nationalism and Sectionalism 82

Constitutional Stress and Crisis 82

The Constitution in Jeopardy: The American Civil War 95

Unit 2 Industrialization of the United States 109

Chapter 1 The Reconstructed Nation 111

Reconstruction and the Nationalization of Civil Rights 111

Post-Civil War Economics 117

Emancipation: An Unsettled Issue 122

The End of Reconstruction 127

Chapter 2 The Rise of American Business, Industry, and Labor (1865-1920) 138

Technology and World Industrialism 138

Pre-Civil War Industrial Growth 140

Business Organization: Size and Structure 143

Transportation, Communication, and Resources 145

Representative Entrepreneurs 149

Business and Government 152

Labor Organization and Struggle 157

Chapter 3 Adjusting Society to Industrialism: American People and Places 172

Impact of Industrialism 172

Nation of Immigrants 180

The Last Frontier 189

American Society at the Turn of the Century 199

Unit 3 The Progressive Movement 209

Chapter 1 Reform in America 211

The Reform Tradition 211

Pressure for Reform 214

Progressivism and Government Action 220

Chapter 2 The Rise of American Power 239

The Industrial-Colonial Connection 239

An Emerging Global Involvement 242

Restraint and Involvement (1914-1920) 253

The Constitution and World War I 257

The Search for Peace and Arms Control (1914-1930) 261

Unit 4 At Home and Abroad: Prosperity and Depression 277

Chapter 1 War and Prosperity (1917-1929) 279

The First World War at Home 279

The Twenties: Business Boom or False Prosperity? 285

Optimism and Materialism 291

Chapter 2 The Great Depression and the New Deal (1933-1940) 312

Failure of the Old Order: Hoover and the Crash 312

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Relief, Recovery, and Reform 316

Constitutional Issues and the New Deal 324

The Human Factor 328

Unit 5 The United States in an Age of Global Crisis: Responsibility and Cooperation 343

Chapter 1 Peace in Peril (1933-1950) 345

Isolation and Neutrality 345

Failure of Peace: Triumph of Aggression 350

Home Front: The Human Dimensions of the War 356

The United States in World War II 361

Aftermath of World War II 366

Chapter 2 Peace with Problems (1945-1960) 381

International Peace Efforts 381

Communist Expansion and Containment in Europe and Asia 385

Internal Security and Constitutionalism 394

Unit 6 A World in Uncertain Times 409

Chapter 1 Toward a Post-Industrial world: Living in a Global Age 411

United States and Post-Industrialism 411

The World and Post-Industrialism 414

Chapter 2 Containment and Consensus (1945-1960) 421

Eisenhower Policies: Foreign Affairs 421

The Warren Court and Civil Rights 429

The Affluent Society 433

Chapter 3 Decade of Change (The 1960s) 445

The Kennedy Years: The New Frontier 445

Action in Foreign Policies 450

Johnson and the Great Society 456

The Movement for Equal Rights 462

Chapter 4 The Limits of Power: Turmoil at Home and Abroad (1965-1972) 476

Involvement in Asia 476

Protest and the Counterculture 486

Chapter 5 The Trend Toward Conservatism (1972-1992) 502

Nixon and the Imperial Presidency (1969-1974) 502

The Ford and Carter Presidencies (August 1974-January 1981) 512

The Reagan Era (1981-1989) 521

President George Bush (1989-1993) 533

Chapter 6 The Clinton Administrations 551

The Election of 1992 551

President Bill Clinton (1993-2001) 553

The Election of 1996 561

The Election of 2000 565

Unit 7 The New Millennium 569

Chapter 1 George W. Bush and Neoconservatism 571

The Election of 2010: Aftermath 571

Chapter 2 9/11 and its aftermath 575

Domestic and World Events in the Months Before 9/11 575

Attack on America 576

Chapter 3 American Society Entering the 21st Century 583

Chapter 4 Operation Iraqi Freedom 591

United Nations and the Iraqi War 593

Chapter 5 Conservatism and One Party Rule 599

Chapter 6 Financial Crisis, Barack Obama, and an Uneasy World 609

Appendix A Chronology of Major Events in American History 628

Appendix B Notable Americans 642

Appendix C Quotations 651

Answer Key 665

Glossary of Terms 674

June 2012 Regents Exam and Answers 694

Index 734

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