Appendix I: a brief chronology of the
United States since 1789
1789George Washington takes office as the first US president.
1791The first ten amendments – the Bill of Rights – are added to the Constitution.
1803The acquisition of lands from France – the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ – doubles the size of US territory.
1812–15War with Britain.
1820Missouri Compromise.
1845Texas is annexed.
1857Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Supreme Court ruled that slaves were mere property, and Congress had no power to forbid slavery in the newly-established western territories.
1860The US is becoming an industrial nation. 30,000 miles of railway track are in place. Abraham Lincoln (Republican) elected president.
1861–65Civil War. 618,000 killed by enemy fire, typhoid and dysentery. Following their defeat, the southern states are placed under military occupation.
1868President Andrew Johnson impeached and acquitted.
1869Transcontinental railroad completed – linking the east and west coasts.
1896The Supreme Court rules, in Plessy v. Ferguson, that – under the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine – segregation is constitutional.
1910National Association for the Advancement of Colored People founded.
1917The US enters the First World War.
1919–20The Treaty of Versailles fails to gain a two-thirds majority in the Senate and is therefore defeated.
1919The eighteenth amendment to the Constitution introduces prohibition.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • List of Boxes ix
  • Preface and Acknowledgements xi
  • 1 - Differences and Divisions 1
  • 2 - A Shared Culture 20
  • 3 - The Us Constitution 33
  • 4 - The Us Supreme Court 52
  • 5 - Congress 79
  • 6 - The President 102
  • 7 - The President and the Executive Branch 135
  • 8 - Federalism- The Role of the States 157
  • 9 - Political Parties 177
  • 10 - Elections and Campaigns 209
  • 11 - Interest Groups and Lobbying 249
  • 12 - Ideologies, Issues and Controversies 271
  • Appendix I- A Brief Chronology of the United States since 1789 289
  • Appendix II- The Us Constitution 293
  • Index 309
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