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.
About the Author
Steve Wiegand is an award-winning political journalist and history writer. He's worked as a reporter and columnist for the San Diego Evening Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee, where he currently writes a thrice-weekly political column. During his career, he has interviewed four presidents and six California governors. Wiegand is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in American literature and U.S. history. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from California State University, San Jose. In addition to U.S. History For Dummies, Wiegand is the author of Sacramento Tapestry (Towery, 1994) Papers of Permanence (McClatchy, 2007), and a contributing author to mental_floss presents: Forbidden Knowledge (HarperCollins, 2004).
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with US History 5
Chapter 1: America: A Short Biography 7
Chapter 2: Native Americans and Explorers: 14,000 BC(?)–1607 21
Chapter 3: Pilgrims’ Progress: The English Colonies,1607–1700 39
Chapter 4: You Say You Want a Revolution: 1700 –177553
Chapter 5: Yankee Doodlin’: 1775 –1783 69
Chapter 6: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783–1800 83
Part II: Growing Pains 95
Chapter 7: “Long Tom” and One Weird War:1800–1815 97
Chapter 8: Pulling Together to Keep from Falling Apart:1815–1844 115
Chapter 9: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845–1860137
Chapter 10: A Most Uncivil War: 1861–1865 151
Chapter 11: Putting the Country Back Together: 1865–1876167
Part III: Coming of Age 179
Chapter 12: Growing Up: 1876–1898 181
Chapter 13: Growing into the 20th Century: 1899 –1918199
Chapter 14: Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919–1929 215
Chapter 15: Uncle Sam’s Depressed: 1930–1940 231
Chapter 16: The World at War: 1941–1945 247
Part IV: America in Adulthood 265
Chapter 17: TV, Elvis, and Reds under the Bed: 1946–1960267
Chapter 18: Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1974 283
Chapter 19: Hold the Malaise, or, Ayatollah So: 1975 –1992299
Chapter 20: No Sex, Please, I’m the President: 1993–1999 313
Part V: Facing the New Millennium 325
Chapter 21: Terror Comes Home; America Goes to War(s) 327
Chapter 22: Recessions Can Be Really Depressing 341
Chapter 23: Reforming Healthcare Is No Tea Party 353
Chapter 24: This New America 367
Part VI: The Part of Tens 379
Chapter 25: Ten Events That Defined American Culture 381
Chapter 26: Ten Unfor tunate Statements by US Presidents 385
Part VII: The Appendixes 389
Appendix A: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1–10 of theConstitution 391
Appendix B: The Declaration of Independence 393
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
As with all "dummies" books it is poorly put together, lacking continuity and flow, making it difficult to read. According to the book the United States is somwhere between Nazi Germany and the Mongol Horde in evilness. The hatred is reminiscint of the works of Howard Zinn.
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!