National Geographic Almanac of American History


Featuring National Geographic's hallmark combination of stunning images, superb maps, authoritative narrative, and concise, penetrating analysis, the Almanac of American History has been carefully designed to offer its readers not just a wider and deeper understanding of our country's development, but also an inviting mix of fascinating facts and colorful graphics that make it a browser's delight.

After the Introduction by respected historian Hugh Ambrose and a special feature ...

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Featuring National Geographic's hallmark combination of stunning images, superb maps, authoritative narrative, and concise, penetrating analysis, the Almanac of American History has been carefully designed to offer its readers not just a wider and deeper understanding of our country's development, but also an inviting mix of fascinating facts and colorful graphics that make it a browser's delight.

After the Introduction by respected historian Hugh Ambrose and a special feature on how to use the Almanac's features most efficiently, the book is divided into four major parts, each exploring a different aspect of America's history. The first explores the continent's geology and geography to answer the fundamental question of how the vast, rich landscape shaped both our expanding society and our sense of ourselves. In Section 2, Milestones, twelve essays discuss how America evolved from a sparsely settled wilderness into the global leader it is today. Section 3 covers the major eras in America's history, beginning with the earliest Native Americans and closing with the first decade of a new millennium. Finally, a thematically organized section discusses such important topics as Leaders, Wars, Religion and Beliefs, and Presidents. An appendix features Milestone Documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and more. A bibliography and a comprehensive index complete this indispensable reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426200991
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 775,711
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

James Miller earned his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. After teaching at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he was an editor in economics and history. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is currently writing a full-scale biography of a major figure in American history.

John Thompson is the author of six National Geographic books, including America's Historic Trails and Wildlands of the Upper South, and is currently researching a book on Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
About This Book 10
The Land
In the Beginning 14
Immigration 20
Religion in America 22
The Rise of Democracy 24
Language 26
Legal System 28
Slavery 30
Industry 32
Social Reform 34
Conservation & Environment 36
Civil Rights 38
Space Race 40
Global Mission 42
Major Eras
Early Americans: Prehistory-A.D. 1700 46
Paleolithic and Archaic Indians 18,000-1000 B.C. 48
Beringia Challenged 51
Woodland Era 1000 B.C.-A.D. 1400 52
Complex Societies A.D. 1000-1540 54
Alaska's Indigenous People 57
At Contact 1492-1700 60
Indian Dwellings 63
World Survey Prehistory-A.D. 1700 66
Europe Discovers America: 1000-1775 68
Vikings 793-1042 70
Spain in North America 1492-1800 72
Christopher Columbus 75
France 1534-1763 78
Northern Europe 1621-1867 80
England 1584-1732 82
John Smith 85
Colonial Life 1612-1752 86
Witches in Salem 89
Slave Trade 1619-1775 90
Colonial Wars 1675-1775 92
World Survey 1000-1775 94
The Revolution Era: 1765-1801 96
The Revolution Begins 1765-1775 98
Paul Revere 101
George III 103
Revolutionary War 1775-1781 104
Benjamin Franklin 107
The New Nation 1782-1801 110
The Stars and Stripes 112
World Survey 1765-1801 116
Continental Expansion: 1803-1853 118
Moving West 1803-1819 120
War of 1812 1812-1815 124
Transportation Revolution 1794-1855 126
Robert Fulton 129
The Jacksonian Period 1829-1837 130
Alexis de Tocqueville 133
Texas Joins the Union 1836-1848 134
The Alamo 137
Indian Removals 1830-1850 138
Westward Expansion 1821-1853 140
The Donner Party 144
World Survey 1803-1853 146
A Divided Nation: 1817-1877 148
Missouri Compromise 1817-1821 150
Road to War 1822-1860 152
Uncle Tom's Cabin 155
Lincoln-Douglas Debates 156
Civil War 1861-1865 158
Sherman's March to the Sea 162
The Cost of War 165
Lee and Grant at Appomattox 167
Reconstruction 1865-1877 168
Reconstruction Legislatures 170
World Survey 1817-1877 172
From Sea to Shining Sea: 1867-1896 174
Tracks Across the Continent 1865-1890 176
"Seward's Ice Box" 178
The Last Indian Wars 1862-1900 180
Carlisle School 182
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee 184
Closing the Frontier 1865-1896 186
The Great Land Rush 189
Gilded Age Politics 1873-1896 190
World Survey 1867-1896 192
Modern America Rises: 1870-1917 194
The Birth of Industrial America 1859-1911 196
Coal-Oil Johnny 199
Booms, Busts, and Labor Struggles 1869-1912 200
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor..." 203
The New South 1865-1909 204
Urban Growth in the North 1870-1917 206
Progressivism 1887-1916 208
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight 210
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 213
America Builds an Empire 1889-1917 214
Anti-Imperialists and Imperialists 216
World Survey 1870-1917 218
Becoming a Great Power: 1914-1933 220
Into the Great War 1914-1918 222
A World "Safe for Democracy" 1918-1920 224
Harlem Hellfighters 227
Normalcy and Cultural Conflict 1921-1929 228
The Scopes Trial 231
The Stresses of Modernization 1920-1930 234
The House That Ruth Built 236
The Jazz Age 1920-1929 238
World Survey 1914-1933 240
Remaking America: 1929-1945 242
The Great Depression 1929-1933 244
Henry Ford-Revolutionary and Reactionary 247
The New Deal 1933-1940 248
HUAC Investigates Un-American Activities, 1938 251
Culture and Life in the Depression 1933-1939 252
The Road to World War II 1931-1941 254
At War 1941-1945 256
Japanese-American Internment 259
The Navajo Code Talkers 262
World Survey 1929-1945 264
Cold War America: 1945-1989 266
The Atomic Age 1945-1960 268
The Rosenbergs 271
Korea and McCarthyism 1950-1957 272
Fifties Society, Faith, and Science 1946-1964 274
Kennedy and the Space Race 1960-1972 276
Civil Rights Revolution 1954-1963 278
Jackie Robinson Desegragates Baseball 281
The Vietnam War 1963-1968 282
Great Society and Great Unrest 1962-1976 286
The New Left 288
Personal Freedom 1956-1981 290
A Post-Imperial Presidency 1972-1984 292
Looking Out for the Environment 1962-1992 294
World Survey 1945-1989 296
Global Hegemony: 1985-Present 298
The Cold War Ends 1981-1991 300
The Gulf War 302
Politics of Culture War 1991-2001 304
O.J. Simpson 307
Oklahoma City Bombing 309
Gay Marriage 310
Globalization Since 1945 312
Biomedicine 314
The Hubble Space Telescope 317
Perils of the New Millennium Since 2001 318
9/11 321
World Survey 1985-Present 324
At a Glance
Native Americans Today 328
Notable Accomplishments 336
Leaders and People of Note 338
Sports 342
Scientists and Inventors 344
Artists 348
Explorers 352
Periods and Movements 354
Religious Groups 356
Appendix 360
Recommended Reading 371
Index 372
Illustrations Credits 383
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