If you think learning about American history is boring and difficult--read this book and think again! This unique guide transforms the facts figures and dates of American history into a lively and fascinating narrative. It emphasizes the drama and action that's at the heart of America's epic story. Starting with Columbus's landing, then proceeding to colonization, the Revolutionary War against England to gain independence, the formation of new government, American growth and expansion during the nineteenth century, and emergence as a major world power in the present century; To sustain interest, students are tasked with a role of detective, asked to examine a number of different facts and viewpoints from each period in America history and offer their own opinions. A group of activities--many of which are Internet-based to keep the investigation alive and students intrigued.