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8. The view from Hollywood

8. The view from Hollywood  

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/9780199858934.003.0009
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‘The view from Hollywood’ begins with the “Westerns” that dominated American cinema for much of the twentieth century and that influenced popular understandings of the western past. It goes ... 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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9780199365715
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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
5. New England

5. New England  

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/9780199766239.003.0006
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The English founded a new set of colonies in New England during the beginning of the seventeenth century. This area attracted a different type of colonist: people of some wealth, espousing ... More
6. Political sovereignty and economic autonomy

6. Political sovereignty and economic autonomy  

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/9780195307542.003.0006
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Indian history in the 20th century is about the battle for political sovereignty. In 1933 John Collier was appointed by Roosevelt to be commissioner of Indian affairs. He embraced the idea ... More
4. LegaciesWhat history has made of the founding fathers

4. Legacies: What history has made of 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/9780190273514.003.0004
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“Legacies: What history has made of the founding fathers” shows that the founding fathers’ history has unfolded in two ways—one being their developing role in the American people’s ... More
6. The watering of the West

6. The watering of the West  

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/9780199858934.003.0007
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‘The watering of the West’ describes the 1902 Reclamation Act (or Newlands Act) that established a National Bureau of Reclamation charged with constructing dams and irrigation projects in ... 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
5. The whitening of the West

5. The whitening of the West  

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/9780199858934.003.0006
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9780199858934
“What is the true significance of the word ‘white’?” asked Pablo de la Guerra, a delegate to the convention charged with writing a constitution for a new state of California, in 1849. The ... More
1. Words, images, meanings

1. Words, images, meanings  

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/9780190273514.003.0001
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The phrase “founding fathers” is central to how Americans talk about politics, and “Words, images, meanings” describes when the phrase was first coined, what it really means, and how ... More
2. The European invasion

2. The European invasion  

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/9780195307542.003.0002
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9780195307542
Encountering the people of America raised many questions. The result was a series of pronouncements and diplomatic initiatives from the pope that became known in international law as the ... More
1. In the beginning: North America’s women to 1750

1. In the beginning: North America’s women to 1750  

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/9780199328338.003.0002
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9780199328338
‘In the beginning: North America's women to 1750’ starts with the indigenous peoples who were living in America before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the white settlements in ... More
4. 1850–1865: Slavery and Civil War

4. 1850–1865: Slavery and Civil War  

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/9780195389142.003.0004
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9780195389142
The slave trade shaped American history. By 1860, nearly 90 percent of African Americans living in America were slaves. ‘1850–1865: Slavery and Civil War’ considers the importance of ... 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
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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9780190200589
“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
2. Rebellion in the colonies

2. Rebellion in the colonies  

Robert J. Allison

in The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
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10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.003.0002
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9780190225063
‘Rebellion in the colonies’ begins with the destruction of 92,586 pounds of tea in 1773—later knows as the Boston Tea Party—to prevent a payment of tax to the British Government. A ... More
4. War for independence

4. War for independence  

Robert J. Allison

in The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
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10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.003.0004
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‘War for independence’ explains the strategies of the British under Generals John Burgoyne and Charles Cornwallis and of Washington's American army. In February 1778, King Louis XVI of ... More
1. Vengeance: April–December 1865

1. Vengeance: April–December 1865  

Allen C. Guelzo

in Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780190454821
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10.1093/actrade/9780190454791.003.0002
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9780190454791
‘Vengeance, April–December 1865’ begins with the death of Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 1865, after being shot by the Southerner, John Wilkes Booth, and the swearing in of Lincoln’s vice ... More
1. Drinking and temperance

1. Drinking and temperance  

W. J. Rorabaugh

in Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780190280130
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10.1093/actrade/9780190280109.003.0002
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9780190280109
‘Drinking and temperance’ describes the history of alcohol consumption in the United States and the introduction of the temperance movement. From the earliest European settlers to the ... More
2. The dry crusade

2. The dry crusade  

W. J. Rorabaugh

in Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780190280130
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10.1093/actrade/9780190280109.003.0003
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9780190280109
‘The dry crusade’ describes the increasing number of anti-liquor reformers who wanted state and national prohibition. Key groups were the Women’s Crusade and Woman’s Christian Temperance ... More
4. Crucibles of war

4. Crucibles of war  

Madeline Y. Hsu

in Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780190219796
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.003.0004
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9780190219765
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

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