Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century

Synopsis

Designed to help students better understand the vitally important historical events of 18th-century American history, this volume in the acclaimed series presents 10 major events in separate chapters. From the "Great Awakening" early in the century to Jefferson's "Revolution of 1800," each chapter goes beyond the traditional textbook treatment of history by considering the immediate and far-reaching ramifications of each event. Events covered are: The Great Awakening, The Era of Salutary Neglect, The French and Indian War, The Stamp Act, The Boston Tea Party, The Declaration of Independence, The American Revolution, The Constitutional Convention, The XYZ Affair, and The Revolution of 1800.

Excerpt

This volume, which describes and evaluates the significance of ten of the most important events in the United States during the eighteenth century, is the third in a multivolume series intended to acquaint readers with the seminal events of American history. Earlier volumes, published in 1996 and 1997, highlighted events in the twentieth and nineteenth centuries, and a future volume will cover the most important events prior to the eighteenth century. There is also an ongoing series of volumes addressing the global experience.

Our collective classroom experience provided the inspiration for this project. Having encountered literally thousands of entry-level college students whose knowledge of the history of their country was sadly deficient, we determined to prepare a series of books that would concentrate on the most important events affecting those students (and others as well) in the hope that they would better understand their country and how it came to be. Furthermore, we hope these books will stimulate the reader to delve further into the events covered in each volume and to take a greater interest in history in general.

The current volume is designed to serve two purposes. First, the editors have provided an introduction that presents factual material about each event in a clear, concise, chronological order. Second, each introduction is followed by a longer, interpretive essay by a specialist ex-

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