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Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide


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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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ISBN-13: 9780761160830
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Big Fat Notebooks Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 13,789
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

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Workman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books, since 1968. From our What to Expect® pregnancy and parenting series and Page-A-Day® Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® and Brain Quest® children's products, our wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.

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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


Unit 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   17

Unit 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!   95

Unit 3: AMERICAN REVOLUTION and the EARLY REPUBLIC,  1776-1791 107
11. The American Revolution   108
12. A New Government   123
13.  President Precedents  142

Unit 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   219

Unit 5: CIVIL WAR and RECONSTRUCTION, 1850s-1870s 229
21. North versus  South  230
22. The Civil War  243
23. Reconstruction   259

UNIT 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  327

Unit 7: WORLD WARS and MODERN AMERICA, 1900s-1930s 337
32. The Great War  338
33. The Roaring Twenties   355
34. The Great Depression  365

Unit 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   401

Unit 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   475

46. Ronald Reagan   482
47. To the Present Day 489

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