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A Concise History of the United States of America

A Concise History of the United States of America

  • Author: Susan-Mary Grant
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139504479
  • Category: History
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Born out of violence and the aspirations of its early settlers, the United States of America has become one of the world's most powerful nations. The book begins in colonial America as the first Europeans arrived, lured by the promise of financial profit, driven by religious piety and accompanied by diseases which would ravage the native populations. It explores the tensions inherent in a country built on slave labour in the name of liberty, one forced to assert its unity and reassess its ideals in the face of secession and civil war, and one that struggled to establish moral supremacy, military security and economic stability during the financial crises and global conflicts of the twentieth century. Woven through this richly crafted study of America's shifting social and political landscapes are the multiple voices of the nation's history: slaves and slave owners, revolutionaries and reformers, soldiers and statesmen, immigrants and refugees. These voices help define the United States at the dawn of a new century.

America's Promise

America's Promise

A Concise History of the United States

  • Author: W. J. Rorabaugh,Donald T. Critchlow,Paula C. Baker
  • Publisher: United Nations Publications
  • ISBN: 9780742511897
  • Category: History
  • Page: 440
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From the colonial town green to the televised town hall, Americans have shaped their destiny through their public life and the communities in which they continue to live and work towards America's Promise. In this text, authors William J. Rorabaugh, Donald T. Critchlow, and Paula Baker effectively blend political, social and cultural history to present a balanced portrait of America's past. Designed to emphasize major themes and events, the work also captures the rich and often amusing character of the American people. Extensively revised and expanded from America: A Concise History (Rorabaugh and Critchlow), America's Promise is a succinct, highly readable introduction to American history.

The Blessings of Liberty

The Blessings of Liberty

A Concise History of the Constitution of the United States

  • Author: Michael Les Benedict
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442259930
  • Category: History
  • Page: 574
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This concise, accessible text provides students with a history of American constitutional development in the context of political, economic, and social change. Constitutional historian Michael Benedict stresses the role that the American people have played over time in defining the powers of government and the rights of individuals and minorities. He covers important trends and events in U.S. constitutional history, encompassing key Supreme Court and lower-court cases. The volume begins by discussing the English and colonial origins of American constitutionalism. Following an analysis of the American Revolution's meaning to constitutional history, the text traces the Constitution's evolution from the Early Republic to the present day. This third edition is updated to include the election of 2000, the Tea Party and the rise of popular constitutionalism, and the rise of judicial supremacy as seen in cases such as Citizens United, the Affordable Care Act, and gay marriage.

A Concise History of American Antisemitism

A Concise History of American Antisemitism

  • Author: Robert Michael
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742543133
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 233
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A Concise History of American Antisemitism shows how Christianity's negative views of Jews pervaded American history from colonial times to the present. The book describes the European background to American anti-Semitism, then divides American history into time periods, and examines the anti-Semitic ideas, personalities, and literature in each period. It also demonstrates that anti-Semitism led to certain behaviors in some United States officials that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Clear and forceful, A Concise History of American Antisemitism is an important work for undergraduate course use and for the general public interested in the roots of the current rash of anti-Semitism.

A Concise History of the United States

A Concise History of the United States

  • Author: Andrew Sinclair
  • Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc
  • ISBN: 9781848683860
  • Category: History
  • Page: 158
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A Concise History of the USA provides a lucid and vigorous account of this nation's history and includes a variety of illustrations and a map.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

A Concise History

  • Author: Richard D. Brown,Jack Tager
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
  • ISBN: 9781558492493
  • Category: History
  • Page: 361
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From the moment the first English colonists landed on the shores of Plymouth Bay, the experiences of the people of Massachusetts have been emblematic of larger themes in American history. The story of the first Pilgrim thanksgiving is commemorated as a national holiday, while the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's ride have passed into the national mythology. Even the grimmer aspects of the American experience -- Indian warfare and the conquest of an ever expanding frontier -- were part of the early history of Massachusetts. In this book, Richard D. Brown and Jack Tager survey the rich heritage of this distinctive, and distinctly American, place, showing how it has long exerted an influence disproportionate to its size. A seedbed of revolt against British colonial rule, Massachusetts has supplied the nation with a long line of political leaders -- from Samuel and John Adams to William Lloyd Garrison and Lucy Stone to John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. Its early textile mills helped shape the industrial revolution, while its experiences with urbanization, immigration, ethnic conflict, and labor strife reflected the growth of the national economy. In the twentieth century, the state continued to lead the country through a series of wrenching economic changes as it moved from the production of goods to the provision of services, eventually becoming a center of the high-tech revolution in telecommunications. If there is one common theme in the Bay State's history, Brown and Tager make clear, it is the capacity to adapt to change. In part this trait can be attributed to the state's unique blend of resources, including its many distinguished colleges and universities. But it can also becredited to the people themselves, who have created a singular sense of place by reconciling claims of tradition with the possibilities of innovation. This book tells their story.

The American Revolution

The American Revolution

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Robert J. Allison
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0190225068
  • Category: History
  • Page: 130
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Original edition has subtitle: a concise history.

The Art of Democracy

The Art of Democracy

A Concise History of Popular Culture in the United States

  • Author: Jim Cullen
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 1583670653
  • Category: History
  • Page: 372
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"Cullen's strength comes from his understanding of how the different strands of American society intertwine in imaginative, unpredictable ways ... The shape and vitality of pop culture's next era will depend, at least in part, on commentators like Cullen." —Washington Post Book World "A thoroughly engaging look at American culture ... Cullen's articulate prose is spiced with wicked wit and he loves a good story ... Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of complex cultural forces." —Publishers Weekly "Reflecting both the strengths and weaknesses of an unusually dynamic area of historical scholarship, The Art of Democracy is one of the best surveys of the history of American popular culture." —Journal of American History "An exceptionally well-written and engrossing introduction to the nonelitist art forms of American popular culture ... Highly recommended." —Library Journal, starred review "Should be kept on hand to restore our faith in the things that matter to us." —American Studies Popular culture has been a powerful force in the United States, resonating within the society as a whole and at the same time connecting disparate and even hostile constituencies. The novels of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the theater and minstrel shows of the mid-19th century, movies and the introduction of television and computers in the 20th century are the building blocks that Jim Cullen uses to show how unique and vibrant cultural forms overcame initial resistance and enabled historically marginalized groups to gain access to the fruits of society and recognition from the mainstream. This updated edition contains a new preface and final chapter which traces the history of contemporary computing from its World War II origins as a military tool to its widespread use in the late 20th century as a tool for the masses. Cullen shows how the computer is reshaping popular culture, and how that culture retains its capacity to surprise and disturb. The highly acclaimed first edition of The Art of Democracy won the 1996 Ray and Pat Brown Award for "Best Book," presented by the Popular Culture Association.

A Concise History of the New Deal

A Concise History of the New Deal

  • Author: Jason Scott Smith
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139991698
  • Category: History
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During the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal carried out a program of dramatic reform to counter the unprecedented failures of the market economy exposed by the Great Depression. Contrary to the views of today's conservative critics, this book argues that New Dealers were not 'anticapitalist' in the ways in which they approached the problems confronting society. Rather, they were reformers who were deeply interested in fixing the problems of capitalism, if at times unsure of the best tools to use for the job. In undertaking their reforms, the New Dealers profoundly changed the United States in ways that still resonate today. Lively and engaging, this narrative history focuses on the impact of political and economic change on social and cultural relations.

The American Religious Experience

The American Religious Experience

A Concise History

  • Author: Lynn Bridgers
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742550599
  • Category: History
  • Page: 255
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The American Religious Experience is an accessible and unique rendition of American religious history. Focusing on Christianity in America, it also integrates the inter-religious, inter-denominational and multi-cultural dimensions of American religious history. The book unfolds consistent tensions between dominant streams of American Christianity and groups relegated to the periphery - groups with roots in visionary traditions, emotionalized religious practice, or ethnic and racial perspectives.

A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy

A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Author: Joyce P. Kaufman
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742567108
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 223
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Now in a fully updated edition, this knowledgeable and reader-friendly text gives a conceptual and historical overview of American foreign relations from the founding to the present. Providing students with a solid and readily understandable framework for evaluating American foreign policy decisions, Joyce P. Kaufman clearly explains key decisions and why they were made. Compact yet thorough, the book offers instructors a concise introduction that can be easily supplemented with other sources.

A History of the United States for Schools

A History of the United States for Schools

Including a Concise Account of the Discovery of America, the Colonization of the Land, and the Revolutionary War

  • Author: William Augustus Mowry,Arthur May Mowry
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 437
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A history of American music education

A history of American music education

  • Author: Michael L. Mark,Charles L. Gary,MENC, the National Association for Music Education (U.S.)
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
  • ISBN: 9781578865239
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 500
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A History of American Music Education covers the history of American music education, from its roots in Biblical times through recent historical events and trends. It describes the educational, philosophical, educational, and sociological aspects of the subject, always putting it in the context of the history of the United States. It offers the most complete information on professional organizations, materials, techniques, and personalities of any publication.

The U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy

A Concise History

  • Author: Craig L. Symonds
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199394946
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 152
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This fast-paced narrative traces the emergence of the United States Navy as a global power from its birth during the American Revolution through to its current superpower status. The story highlights iconic moments of great drama pivotal to the nation's fortunes: John Paul Jones' attacks on the British in the Revolution, the Barbary Wars, and the arduous conquest of Iwo Jima. The book illuminates the changes--technological, institutional, and functional--of the U.S. Navy from its days as a small frigate navy through the age of steam and steel to the modern era of electronics and missiles. Historian Craig L. Symonds captures the evolving culture of the Navy and debates between policymakers about what role the institution should play in world affairs. Internal and external challenges dramatically altered the size and character of the Navy, with long periods of quiet inertia alternating with rapid expansion emerging out of crises. The history of the navy reflects the history of the nation as a whole, and its many changes derive in large part from the changing role of the United States itself.

Of the People

Of the People

A History of the United States

  • Author: James Oakes,Jeanne Boydston,Nick Cullather,Jan Ellen Lewis,Michael McGerr,Karen Dunak,Mark Summers,Camilla Townsend
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780190254872
  • Category: Democracy
  • Page: 648
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Of the People: A History of the United States, Third Edition, not only tells the history of America--of its people and places, of its dealings and ideals--but it also unfolds the story of American democracy, carefully marking how this country's evolution has been anything but certain, from its complex beginnings to its modern challenges. This comprehensive survey focuses on the social and political lives of people--some famous, some ordinary--revealing the compelling story of America's democracy from an individual perspective, from across the landscapes of diverse communities, and ultimately from within the larger context of the world.

The Concise Untold History of the United States

The Concise Untold History of the United States

  • Author: Oliver Stone,Peter Kuznick
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1476791678
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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A companion to Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary series of the same name, this guide offers a people’s history of the American Empire: “a critical overview of US foreign policy…indispensable” (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); “brilliant, a masterpiece!” (Daniel Ellsberg); “Oliver Stone’s new book is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as any history book you will ever read. It achieves what history, at its best, ought to do: presents a mountain of previously unknown facts that makes you question and re-examine many of your long-held assumptions about the most influential events” (Glenn Greenwald). In November 2012, Showtime debuted a ten-part documentary series based on Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold History of the United States. The book and documentary looked back at human events that, at the time, went underreported, but also crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the twentieth century. From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and fall of Communism, this concise version of the larger book is adapted for the general reader. Complete with poignant photos, arresting illustrations, and little-known documents, The Concise Untold History of the United States covers the rise of the American empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration, putting it all together to show how deeply rooted the seemingly aberrant policies of the Bush-Cheney administration are in the nation’s past and why it has proven so difficult for Obama to change course. In this concise and indispensible guide, Kuznick and Stone (who Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills has called America’s own “Dostoevsky behind a camera”) challenge prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark truth about the rise and fall of American imperialism.

A Short History of the United States

A Short History of the United States

  • Author: Allan Nevins,Henry Steele Commager
  • Publisher: ACLS History E-Book Project
  • ISBN: 9781628200522
  • Category: History
  • Page: 546
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A narrative history of the United States up until the second World War, written for laypeople by the esteemed public historians Allan Nevins and Henry Steele Commager.

A Concise History of Mathematics

A Concise History of Mathematics

Fourth Revised Edition

  • Author: Dirk J. Struik
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486138887
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 256
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Compact, well-written survey ranges from the ancient Near East to 20th-century computer theory, covering Archimedes, Pascal, Gauss, Hilbert, and many others. "A work which is unquestionably one of the best." — Nature.

A Concise History of American Music Education

A Concise History of American Music Education

  • Author: Michael Mark
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • ISBN: 1578869056
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 184
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A Concise History of American Music Education covers the history of American music education, from its roots in Biblical times through recent historical events and trends. It describes the educational, philosophical, and sociological aspects of the subject, always putting it in the context of the history of the United States. It offers complete information on professional organizations, materials, techniques, and personalities in music education.

Prohibition

Prohibition

A Concise History

  • Author: W. J. Rorabaugh
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190689935
  • Category: HISTORY
  • Page: 128
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Although Americans have always been a hard-drinking people, voters used the democratic process to ban alcohol from 1920 to 1933. This bizarre episode, which uniquely involved two constitutional amendments, has often been humorously recalled, frequently satirized, and usually condemned. Themore interesting questions, however, are how and why Prohibition came about, how Prohibition worked (and failed to work), and how Prohibition gave way to strict governmental regulation of alcohol. This book answers these questions, presenting a brief and elegant overview of the Prohibition era.During the 1920s alcohol prices rose, quality declined, and consumption dropped. Since beer was too bulky to hide and largely disappeared, drinkers swallowed mixed drinks made with moonshine or mediocre imported liquor. The all-male saloon gave way to the speakeasy, where men and women drank, ate,and danced to jazz.This book illustrates how public support for prohibition collapsed due to gangster violence and the need for local, state, and federal government alcohol revenue during the Great Depression. As public opinion turned against prohibition, Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised to repeal prohibition in1932. Legal, taxed beer came in April 1933, and the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified in December 1933. After 1933, state alcohol control boards adopted strong regulations, whose legacies continue to influence American drinking habits.With his unparalleled historical knowledge and expertise in American drinking patterns, W. J. Rorabaugh provides an elegant and accessible synthesis of one of the most important topics in US history, showing how a powerful socio-political movement can shift emphasis over time.