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Outline of U.S. History (2005)


Outline of U.S. History is a publication of the U.S. Department of State. The first edition (1949-50) was produced under the editorship of Francis Whitney, first of the State Department Office of International Information and later of the U.S. Information Agency. Richard Hofstadter, professor of history at Columbia University, and Wood Gray, professor of American history at The George Washington University, served as academic consultants. D. Steven Endsley of Berkeley, California, prepared additional material. It has been updated and revised extensively over the years by, among others, Keith W. Olsen, professor of American history at the University of Maryland, and Nathan Glick, writer and former editor of the USIA journal, Dialogue. Alan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University (Ohio), wrote the post-World War II chapters for previous editions.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated by Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. Professor Hamby has written extensively on American politics and society. Among his books are Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman and For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s. He lives and works in Athens, Ohio.

CHAPTER 1 Early America
CHAPTER 2 The Colonial Period    22
CHAPTER 3 The Road to Independence    50
CHAPTER 4 The Formation of a National Government  66
CHAPTER 5 Westward Expansion and Regional Differences 110
CHAPTER 6 Sectional Conflict     128
CHAPTER 7 The Civil War and Reconstruction   140
CHAPTER 8 Growth and Transformation   154
CHAPTER 9 Discontent and Reform    188
CHAPTER 10 War, Prosperity, and Depression   202
CHAPTER 11 The New Deal and World War I   212
CHAPTER 12 Postwar America     256
CHAPTER 13 Decades of Change: 1960-1980   274
CHAPTER 14 The New Conservatism and a New World Order 304
CHAPTER 15 Bridge to the 21st Century    320
Becoming a Nation     38
Transforming a Nation    89
Monuments and Memorials    161
Turmoil and Change    229
21st Century Nation    293
Bibliography       338
Index       341

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