The third edition of the Dictionary of American History (Stanley I. Kutler, ed. in chief) is the first comprehensive revisionof the classic Scribner reference source, originally published in 1940.Entries from previous editions have been updated and revised in lightof historical developments and current scholarship, and over 800entirely new entries have been commissioned to cover recent events("Bush v. Gore") and topics neglected by previous editions ("HarlemRenaissance"). For the first time, illustrations and maps will be incorporated into the main body of the work, illuminating the text ofthe Dictionary and thereby enriching the reader's experience.This work will serve students, scholars, and the interested generalreader in search of a quick and authoritative reference covering a widerange of topics in American history-from the well-studied ("LouisianaPurchase") to the obscure ("Camels in the West").
Some highlights of this new 10 volume set are:
Over 4,400 A-Z articles, ranging in length from 100 to 8,000 words
Approximately 1,500 illustrations
Approximately 300 maps
"The new set is 20 percent larger than the 1976version, is illustrated for the first time with some 1,200 photos and252 maps, and employs more cross-referencing. ... The revision wasbegun in 1996 and the resulting work still offers excellent overviewsof the history of abortion, assassinations, the Ashcan School,urbanization, and American Presidential elections; new categoriesinclude such modern topics as Transplants and Organ Donation, Kwanza,DVDs, and the World Trade Center. One can read a superb essay by MarkT. Berger on the UN's changing place in the world or Carol F. Karlsen'ssurvey of witchcraft...While reflecting an expansion in the idea ofwhat and who history now includes, this venerable work as beenrespectfully updated by editor Kutler. Combining accuracy with literaryverve, this new edition is very much in the spirit of its superbpredecessors and is highly recommended for libraries needing a solidAmerican history collection." -- Library Journal (May 2003)