National Geographic Almanac of American History

National Geographic Almanac of American History


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Featuring National Geographic's hallmark combination of stunning images, superb maps, authoritative narrative, and concise, penetrating analysis, the Almanac of American History has been carefully designed to offer its readers not just a wider and deeper understanding of our country's development, but also an inviting mix of fascinating facts and colorful graphics that make it a browser's delight.

After the Introduction by respected historian Hugh Ambrose and a special feature on how to use the Almanac's features most efficiently, the book is divided into four major parts, each exploring a different aspect of America's history. The first explores the continent's geology and geography to answer the fundamental question of how the vast, rich landscape shaped both our expanding society and our sense of ourselves. In Section 2, Milestones, twelve essays discuss how America evolved from a sparsely settled wilderness into the global leader it is today. Section 3 covers the major eras in America's history, beginning with the earliest Native Americans and closing with the first decade of a new millennium. Finally, a thematically organized section discusses such important topics as Leaders, Wars, Religion and Beliefs, and Presidents. An appendix features Milestone Documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and more. A bibliography and a comprehensive index complete this indispensable reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426200991
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 358,606
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

James Miller earned his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. After teaching at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he was an editor in economics and history. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is currently writing a full-scale biography of a major figure in American history.

John Thompson is the author of six National Geographic books, including America's Historic Trails and Wildlands of the Upper South, and is currently researching a book on Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

About This Book10
The Land
In the Beginning14
Religion in America22
The Rise of Democracy24
Legal System28
Social Reform34
Conservation & Environment36
Civil Rights38
Space Race40
Global Mission42
Major Eras
Early Americans: Prehistory-A.D. 170046
Paleolithic and Archaic Indians 18,000-1000 B.C.48
Beringia Challenged51
Woodland Era 1000 B.C.-A.D. 140052
Complex Societies A.D. 1000-154054
Alaska's Indigenous People57
At Contact 1492-170060
Indian Dwellings63
World Survey Prehistory-A.D. 170066
Europe Discovers America: 1000-177568
Vikings 793-104270
Spain in North America 1492-180072
Christopher Columbus75
France 1534-176378
Northern Europe 1621-186780
England 1584-173282
John Smith85
Colonial Life 1612-175286
Witches in Salem89
Slave Trade 1619-177590
Colonial Wars 1675-177592
World Survey 1000-177594
The Revolution Era: 1765-180196
The Revolution Begins 1765-177598
Paul Revere101
George III103
Revolutionary War 1775-1781104
Benjamin Franklin107
The New Nation 1782-1801110
The Stars and Stripes112
World Survey 1765-1801116
Continental Expansion: 1803-1853118
Moving West 1803-1819120
War of 1812 1812-1815124
Transportation Revolution 1794-1855126
Robert Fulton129
The Jacksonian Period 1829-1837130
Alexis de Tocqueville133
Texas Joins the Union 1836-1848134
The Alamo137
Indian Removals 1830-1850138
Westward Expansion 1821-1853140
The Donner Party144
World Survey 1803-1853146
A Divided Nation: 1817-1877148
Missouri Compromise 1817-1821150
Road to War 1822-1860152
Uncle Tom's Cabin155
Lincoln-Douglas Debates156
Civil War 1861-1865158
Sherman's March to the Sea162
The Cost of War165
Lee and Grant at Appomattox167
Reconstruction 1865-1877168
Reconstruction Legislatures170
World Survey 1817-1877172
From Sea to Shining Sea: 1867-1896174
Tracks Across the Continent 1865-1890176
"Seward's Ice Box"178
The Last Indian Wars 1862-1900180
Carlisle School182
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee184
Closing the Frontier 1865-1896186
The Great Land Rush189
Gilded Age Politics 1873-1896190
World Survey 1867-1896192
Modern America Rises: 1870-1917194
The Birth of Industrial America 1859-1911196
Coal-Oil Johnny199
Booms, Busts, and Labor Struggles 1869-1912200
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor..."203
The New South 1865-1909204
Urban Growth in the North 1870-1917206
Progressivism 1887-1916208
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight210
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire213
America Builds an Empire 1889-1917214
Anti-Imperialists and Imperialists216
World Survey 1870-1917218
Becoming a Great Power: 1914-1933220
Into the Great War 1914-1918222
A World "Safe for Democracy" 1918-1920224
Harlem Hellfighters227
Normalcy and Cultural Conflict 1921-1929228
The Scopes Trial231
The Stresses of Modernization 1920-1930234
The House That Ruth Built236
The Jazz Age 1920-1929238
World Survey 1914-1933240
Remaking America: 1929-1945242
The Great Depression 1929-1933244
Henry Ford-Revolutionary and Reactionary247
The New Deal 1933-1940248
HUAC Investigates Un-American Activities, 1938251
Culture and Life in the Depression 1933-1939252
The Road to World War II 1931-1941254
At War 1941-1945256
Japanese-American Internment259
The Navajo Code Talkers262
World Survey 1929-1945264
Cold War America: 1945-1989266
The Atomic Age 1945-1960268
The Rosenbergs271
Korea and McCarthyism 1950-1957272
Fifties Society, Faith, and Science 1946-1964274
Kennedy and the Space Race 1960-1972276
Civil Rights Revolution 1954-1963278
Jackie Robinson Desegragates Baseball281
The Vietnam War 1963-1968282
Great Society and Great Unrest 1962-1976286
The New Left288
Personal Freedom 1956-1981290
A Post-Imperial Presidency 1972-1984292
Looking Out for the Environment 1962-1992294
World Survey 1945-1989296
Global Hegemony: 1985-Present298
The Cold War Ends 1981-1991300
The Gulf War302
Politics of Culture War 1991-2001304
O.J. Simpson307
Oklahoma City Bombing309
Gay Marriage310
Globalization Since 1945312
The Hubble Space Telescope317
Perils of the New Millennium Since 2001318
World Survey 1985-Present324
At a Glance
Native Americans Today328
Notable Accomplishments336
Leaders and People of Note338
Scientists and Inventors344
Periods and Movements354
Religious Groups356
Recommended Reading371
Illustrations Credits383

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