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U.S. History For Dummies
     

U.S. History For Dummies

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by Steve Wiegand
 

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Filled with fascinating trivia and lore not found in textbooks

People, places, and dates with a dash of fun — history will never be the same! Don't know much about history? Don't worry! With this friendly reference, you can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class — and have a good time in the bargain. From the Revolution to the Civil

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Filled with fascinating trivia and lore not found in textbooks

People, places, and dates with a dash of fun — history will never be the same! Don't know much about history? Don't worry! With this friendly reference, you can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class — and have a good time in the bargain. From the Revolution to the Civil War, from the Great Depression to the Cold War, this is history the way it ought to be — fresh, memorable, and fun.

Discover how to: Astound friends with fun facts about the Founding Fathers Understand terms like "Manifest Destiny" Get a grip on the legacy of slavery Impress your family with Civil War lore Put current events in historical context

The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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Author Biography: Steve Wiegand is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience at the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
An engaging, but lopsided, summation of U.S. history, Wiegand’s delivery of fact with whimsy incorporates on-target headings, listings, maps, photos, and sidebars to intrigue while also enlighten. Of special merit, the capsulized history in Chapter 1, the list of European explorers, the map of the Missouri Compromise, and the outline of World War II at home and abroad provide starting places for classroom learning and GED preparation. Amid general movements and events, the work introduces timely concepts, particularly muckraking, Puritanism, terrorism, fraudulent land grabs, and identification of Indians as “undesirables” and African abductees as “other.” By turning abolitionism and the Underground Railroad into blips, the text bypasses the work of William Lloyd Garrison and Harriet Tubman in overcoming flaws in Constitutional guarantees of equality. In place of human stories, the author emphasizes Civil War battles, omitting Dorothea Dix, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Walt Whitman, and Clara Barton. In terms of substance, the author manages to work in Clara Bow, Monica Lewinski, “hookers,” and Bonnie Parker, but omits the contributions of Lucy Stone, Alice Paul, and the women’s rights impact on free speech. Wiegand appears guilty of androcentrism, especially his focus on baseball, basketball, and the World Series, and his disinterest in sweatshop labor. An occasional misstep—citing the Russian “Da,” Monica, and Newt, all without explanation—indicates the author’s unfamiliarity with the baseline knowledge of teenaged students. The most serious fault in this history guide is its lack of specificity—-the West African culture of slaves, changes to the American flag, maps of the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, Lincoln’s education initiative through land grant colleges, and the Supreme Court membership of Sandra Day O’Connor and Thurgood Marshall. Overall, this title is not recommended for school or public library use. Reviewer: Mary Ellen Snodgrass; Ages 11 to Adult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470436394
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wiegand is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience at the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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U.S. History For Dummies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to learn more about the US history. For me as a foreigner it was all I needed. Simple and interesting written. You get a whole picture, a story, not dry facts.
gregory969 More than 1 year ago
I found that this history book was well researched and well-written. It has a new perspective of US History which I've never read before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book. Very stimulating. Great for learning about our country's history. For an 8th grader like me it is a great study tool. Very easy to understand.
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I think so too bc you could learn about this in a soical studies book! BECAUSE IT IS A BOOK THAT HAS 100% OF HISTORY IN IT! YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU WERE A KID ADULTS!
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