U.S. History For Dummies

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Ace your next history test with this concise, easy-to-read guide

U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Edition fills the need to improve high school proficiency in history by providing a complete history of the United States, presented in an accessible, reader-friendly format designed to engage students while reinforcing lessons learned in class. The National Assessment of Educational Progress 2011 report showed that only 12% of high school seniors in the U.S. perform at a "proficient" ...

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Overview

Ace your next history test with this concise, easy-to-read guide

U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Edition fills the need to improve high school proficiency in history by providing a complete history of the United States, presented in an accessible, reader-friendly format designed to engage students while reinforcing lessons learned in class. The National Assessment of Educational Progress 2011 report showed that only 12% of high school seniors in the U.S. perform at a "proficient" level in history. This, coupled with the fact that U.S. History courses and AP exams have been redesigned to remedy the situation, means that many students and parents are in need of a supplemental study guide.

Award-winning political journalist and history writer Steve Wiegand guides you through the events that shaped our nation, from pre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. The explorers, the wars, the leaders, and the eras are all fully explored and explained, demonstrating how the past influences the future. From the Boston Tea Party to the current Tea Party, the updated 3rd edition includes information about events that have occurred since the previous edition's 2009 release. New coverage includes:

  • Recession recovery, including federal efforts, unemployment, and the widening class divide
  • The rise of the extreme right and the bitter divisions between political parties and geographic regions
  • Seeking the balance between superpower and domestic caretaker
  • The impact of social media, government surveillance, and cyber crime

Not all history is old news, and what happened yesterday affects us all today. It is vitally important that all U.S. citizens are well-versed in the building of our nation, and remain aware of current events. For students and parents wondering what they've missed, U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Edition unlocks the door to the past—and the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118888988
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/5/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,013,843

Meet the Author

Steve Wiegand is an award-winning political journalist and history writer. He currently writes a thrice-weekly political column for the Sacramento Bee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
PART I: Getting There, Getting Settled, and Getting Free.
Chapter 1: Before the Beginning: 14,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492.
Chapter 2: Columbus Discovers the Bahamas: 1492-1607.
Chapter 3: Pilgrims' Progress: The English Colonies, 1607-1700.
Chapter 4: Old Grudges in a New World: 1700-1763.
Chapter 5: Revolting Developments: 1763-1775.
Chapter 6: Yankee Doodlin': 1775-1783.
Chapter 7: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783-1800.
PART II: Growing Pains.
Chapter 8: "Long Tom" Becomes President: 1800-1809.
Chapter 9: One Weird War: 1809-1815.
Chapter 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 1815-1828.
Chapter 11: The Influences of Andrew Jackson: 1829-1844.
Chapter 12: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845-1860.
Chapter 13: A Most Uncivil War: 1861-1865.
Chapter 14: Putting It Back Together: 1865-1876.
PART III: Coming of Age.
Chapter 15: Growing Up: 1876-1898.
Chapter 16: Growing Out: 1899-1918.
Chapter 17: Bathtub Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919-1929.
Chapter 18: Uncle Sam's Depressed: 1930-1940.
Chapter 19: The World at War: 1941-1945.
PART IV: America in Adulthood.
Chapter 20: The Fast Fifties: 1946-1960.
Chapter 21: Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1974.
Chapter 22: Hold the Malaise, or Ayatollah So: 1975-1992.
Chapter 23: The Future is Now: 1993-2000.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: The 10 Best — and 10 Worst — Presidents.
Chapter 25: Ten Historical Events That ProbablyNever Happened.
Chapter 26: Ten Inventions That Changed Life as We Know It.
Chapter 27: Ten Events That Defined American Culture.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Preamble to the United States Constitution.
Appendix B: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution.
Appendix C: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix D: The Gettysburg Address.
Index.
Book Registration Information.
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