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3. Achievements and challengesThe history the founding fathers made

3. Achievements and challenges: The history the founding fathers made  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780190273545
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10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0003
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For seven decades, the founding fathers played pivotal roles in creating an American nation and its constitutional system. “Achievements and challenges: The history the founding fathers ... More
8. 1945–1968: Affluence and social unrest

8. 1945–1968: Affluence and social unrest  

Paul S. Boyer

in American History: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365715
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10.1093/actrade/9780195389142.003.0008
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America in the immediate postwar period was a peculiar mix of material abundance and mass-culture distractions. Under the safety net of 1950s America, anti-communist paranoia and disquiet ... More
3. The age of the city, 1860–1900

3. The age of the city, 1860–1900  

Eric Avila

in American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780190200619
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10.1093/actrade/9780190200589.003.0004
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Americans united in an impulse to commemorate the lives lost and to coordinate that effort with new campaigns for civic beautification. “The age of the ... More
1. American culture in red, white, and black

1. American culture in red, white, and black  

Eric Avila

in American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780190200619
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10.1093/actrade/9780190200589.003.0002
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“American culture in red, white, and black” explains how diverse Americans planted the seeds of a new national culture during the colonial period, one that took shape through the ... More
3. Americans in the Depression

3. Americans in the Depression  

Eric Rauchway

in The Great Depression and New Deal: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365609
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10.1093/actrade/9780195326345.003.0003
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The Great Depression was, in its breadth, severity, and duration, without precedent in the history of the United States. ‘Americans in the Depression’ covers its effects on the people of ... More
5. Assimilation and allotment

5. Assimilation and allotment  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365555
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10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0005
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There were many contradictions in the way that the Native Americans were treated following European invasion, particularly in terms of the antithetical policies of separating Indians on ... More
1. Beginnings: Pre-history to 1763

1. Beginnings: Pre-history to 1763  

Paul S. Boyer

in American History: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780195389142.003.0001
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Human settlement on the American continent began at least 15,000 years ago, when bands of people from present-day Siberia crossed a now-vanished land strip into Alaska. ‘Beginnings: ... More
7. British America

7. British America  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0008
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Initially, the English monarch didn't exercise much power over his colonists entrusting colonization to private interests licensed by royal charters. ‘British America’ looks at the changing ... More
5. Calamities: World War I and the flu epidemic, 1917–1919

5. Calamities: World War I and the flu epidemic, 1917–1919  

Walter Nugent

in Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365579
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10.1093/actrade/9780195311068.003.0006
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‘Calamities: World War I and the flu epidemic, 1917–1919’ explains how progressive reforms fared against a global war and epidemic. Wilson's experience prior to the presidency was in ... More
3. The challenges of citizenship, 1848–1920

3. The challenges of citizenship, 1848–1920  

Susan Ware

in American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Mar 2015
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9780199393794
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10.1093/actrade/9780199328338.003.0004
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‘The challenges of citizenship, 1848–1920’ outlines the pressing issues of American life from the Civil War through to World War I. The activism of women such as Ida Wells-Barnet describes ... More
4. Chesapeake colonies

4. Chesapeake colonies  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0005
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The Spanish and French colonizers ignored the long coast north of Florida and south of Acadia (Nova Scotia) as they regarded the temperate region either too cool for tropical crops or too ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

David A. Gerber

in American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780199365623
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10.1093/actrade/9780195331783.003.0009
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The United States is truly a multicultural society, or a global society, as any visitor to the country will attest. This global society has developed in fits and starts. The Conclusion ... More
2. ContextsThe history that made the founding fathers

2. Contexts: The history that made the founding fathers  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780190273545
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10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0002
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The founding fathers were born into a remarkable variety of families, occupations, religious loyalties, and geographic settings: from landed gentry destined to join the ruling elite, to ... More
6. Countervailing Power

6. Countervailing Power  

Eric Rauchway

in The Great Depression and New Deal: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365609
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10.1093/actrade/9780195326345.003.0006
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‘Countervailing Power’ investigates the Roosevelt administration's changing relationship with industry and the American people. This period saw a rise in government intervention and ... More
2. The crisis of the nineties, 1889–1901

2. The crisis of the nineties, 1889–1901  

Walter Nugent

in Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365579
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10.1093/actrade/9780195311068.003.0003
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‘The crisis of the nineties, 1889–1901’ covers the politico–economic events of the 1890s. Reforms made during the previous decade had not done enough to curb rampant capitalism. The Knights ... More
4. Crucibles of war

4. Crucibles of war  

Madeline Y. Hsu

in Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
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9780190219796
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10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.003.0004
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Hostilities lingered in the immediate aftermath of the war, but the onset of the Cold War dramatically improved the standing of Japanese Americans. “Crucibles of war” explains how the ... More
7. Cultural sovereignty

7. Cultural sovereignty  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0007
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Native people have struggled to get acknowledgement for their diverse cultures just as much as they have for political sovereignty. There is a strong stereotype entrenched in the ... More
6. Ebb tide, 1919–1921

6. Ebb tide, 1919–1921  

Walter Nugent

in Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365579
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‘Ebb tide, 1919–1921’ explores what became of progressivism in the 1920s. The conditions in 1919 were worsened by economic downturns. The popular mood was one of disillusionment, due to ... More
2. Empires and enclaves

2. Empires and enclaves  

Stephen Aron

in The American West: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2014
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Jan 2015
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9780199393602
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10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.003.0003
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9780199858934
Columbus discovered an Old World in 1492. Steep population declines reduced Indian numbers by more than 90 percent in the following four centuries. European maps of the seventeenth and ... More
1. Empires and migration

1. Empires and migration  

Madeline Y. Hsu

in Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
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9780190219796
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10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.003.0001
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9780190219765
The first Asians—Filipino “Luzon Indians” on a Spanish galleon—arrived on the North American continent in the late sixteenth century. Through periods of conquest and capitalism, and then ... More

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