Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

Synopsis

In the year 1800 the United States was a fledgling nation. By the time the century ended we had expanded westward exponentially, stamped our imprint as the major power in the Western hemisphere, revolutionized our economy from agriculture to manufacturing, and suffered the schism of a civil war that nearly brought the nation as conceived by our forefathers to an end. To help students better understand the momentous changes of that century, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the most important events in nineteenth-century America: the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, Jacksonian Democracy, Abolition, the War with Mexico, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Closing of the Frontier, and the Spanish-American War. Each of these events is dealt with in a separate chapter. The books unique format features an introductory essay that presents the facts, followed by an interpretive essay that places the event in a broader context and promotes student analysis. The introductory essay provides factual material in a clear, concise, chronological manner that makes complex history understandable; the interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field in a style designed to appeal to a general readership, assesses the event in terms of its political, economic, sociocultural, and international/diplomatic significance.

Excerpt

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

Our collective classroom experience provided the inspiration for this project. Having encountered thousands of entry-level college students whose knowledge of the history of their country is 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. We hope these books will stimulate readers to delve further into the events covered and to take a greater interest in history in general.

Each chapter begins with an introduction that presents factual material about the event in a clear, concise, chronological order. It is followed by a longer interpretive essay by a specialist exploring the ramifications of . . .

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