It’s the revolutionary American history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest. Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.
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Hi! These are the notes from my world history class. Oh, who am I? Well, some people said I was the smartest kid in class. I wrote everything you need to ace AMERICAN HISTORY, from the ICE AGE to the INTERNET AGE, and only the really important stuff in between-you know, the stuff that’s usually on the test! I tried to keep everything organized, so I almost always: • Highlight vocabulary words in YELLOW • Color in definitions in green highlighter • Use BLUE PEN for important people, places, dates, and terms • Doodle a pretty sweet Eleanor Roosevelt and whatnot to visually show the big ideas. If you’re not loving your textbook and you’re not so great at taking notes in class, this notebook will help. It hits all the major points. (But if your teacher spends a whole class talking about something that’s not covered, go ahead and write that down for yourself.) Now that I’ve aced American history, this notebook is YOURS. I’m done with it, so this notebook’s purpose in life is to help YOU learn and remember just what you need to ace YOUR American history class.
Table of Contents
CONTENTSUnit 1: PREHISTORY-EARLY 1600s 1 1. The First People in America EVER! 2 2. Native Americans in North America 9 3. They Came, They Saw, They Conquered 17Unit 2: COLONIAL AMERICA, 1607-1780s 37 4. Slavery in the Americas 38 5. Jamestown: Virginia Do-over 45 6. The Thirteen Colonies 53 7. Regional Differences 67 8. Pre- Revolutionary War 79 9. Parliament and Protests 87 10. The British Are Coming! 95Unit 3: AMERICAN REVOLUTION and the EARLY REPUBLIC, 1776-1791 107 11. The American Revolution 108 12. A New Government 123 13. President Precedents 142Unit 4: AMERICAN EXPANSION, 1801-1861 155 14. President Thomas Jefferson 156 15. The War of 1812 and Other Failures to Communicate 167 16. New American Borders 179 17. Westward Ho! 193 18. The Lone Star Non-State 203 19. The Mexican-American War 209 20. The More Things Change: Reform 219Unit 5: CIVIL WAR and RECONSTRUCTION, 1850s-1870s 229 21. North versus South 230 22. The Civil War 243 23. Reconstruction 259UNIT 6: RESHAPING the NATION, 1850-1917 269 24. Trains, Bonanzas, and Buckaroos 270 25. Native American Reservations 279 26. The Second Industrial Revolution 285 27. New Immigrants, New Cities 295 28. Progress!(ivism) 303 29. Expansionism and Imperialism 313 30. Spanish-American War 319 31. A Man and His Plan: More Progressivism 327Unit 7: WORLD WARS and MODERN AMERICA, 1900s-1930s 337 32. The Great War 338 33. The Roaring Twenties 355 34. The Great Depression 365Unit 8: WORLD WAR II, 1930s-1945 379 35. World War II Begins 380 36. America Enters the War in Europe 393 37. War in the Pacific 401Unit 9: POST–WORLD WAR II ERA, 1945-1980 409 38. America After the War 410 39. The Korean War 421 40. American Affluence and the Baby Boom 429 41. The Civil Rights Movement 435 42. Civil Rights Grows 447 43. The Vietnam War 455 44. Nixon’s Politics 467 45. Carter in the 1970s 475Unit 10: AMERICAN HISTORY . . . and CURRENT-ISH EVENTS! 481 46. Ronald Reagan 482 47. To the Present Day 489