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The Great American History Fact-Finder
Covers a wide spectrum of American history and culture, including political events, military history, sports, arts, entertainment, landmark legislation, and business. The book's concise entries, arranged from A to Z, bring the United States' past into sharp focus while also offering just plain useful facts about the well known and not so well known

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The Reader's Companion to American History
Offers entries covering the critical events, issues and individuals that have shaped American History.

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Encyclopedia of American Studies
Brings together a wide range of disciplines related to the history and cultures of the United States, from pre-colonial days to the present.

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Keywords for American Cultural Studies
Entries in this volume synthesize a great deal of information about the historical and contemporary meanings of many of the central terms that structure the fields of American studies and cultural studies; they provide contexts for the usage of those terms by discussing how their meanings have developed over time; and they may even unlock a few mysteries and break a few codes.


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  • Battle of Little Big Horn: Topic Page
    The Battle of the Little Bighorn took place on 25 June 1876. It resulted in the death of about 265 officers and troops of the 7th Cavalry under the command of General George Armstrong Custer. The battle was the most serious defeat of the US army during the war for the Great Plains. MORE
  • Reconstruction: Topic Page
    1865–77, in U.S. history, the period of readjustment following the Civil War. MORE
  • Korean War: Topic Page
    War from 1950 to 1953 between North Korea (supported by China) and South Korea, aided by the United Nations (the troops were mainly US). MORE
  • Brown v. Board of Education: Topic Page
    Case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954; Linda Brown was denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka because she was black. MORE
  • Cold War: Topic Page
    Ideological, political, and economic tensions from 1945 to 1989 between the USSR and Eastern Europe on the one hand and the USA and Western Europe on the other. MORE
  • Roe v. Wade: Topic Page
    Case decided in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with Doe v. Bolton, this decision legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. MORE
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Topic Page
    A research programme, originally managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center, aimed at using large radio telescopes to detect artificially generated radio signals coming from interstellar space. MORE
  • The Great Depression: Topic Page
    The severe economic crisis supposedly precipitated by the U.S. stock-market crash of 1929; Although it shared the basic characteristics of other such crises (see depression), the Great Depression was unprecedented in its length and in the wholesale poverty and tragedy it inflicted on society. MORE
  • Vietnam War Protests: Topic Page
    Demonstrations, marches, and acts of civil disobedience in protest to US involvement in the Vietnam War (1954-75), beginning around 1965. MORE
  • Vietnam War: Topic Page
    War from 1954 to 1975 between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam, in which North Vietnam aimed to conquer South Vietnam and unite the country as a communist state. North Vietnam was supported by communist rebels from South Vietnam, the Vietcong. MORE
  • Wall Street Crash: Topic Page
    The New York Stock Exchange in 1929, where panic-selling of shares after a prolonged period of speculation brought about a worldwide economic crisis. MORE
  • World War I: Topic Page
    War between the Central European Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and allies) on one side and the Triple Entente (Britain and the British Empire, France, and Russia) and their allies, including the USA (which entered in 1917), on the other side. MORE
  • World War II: Topic Page
    War between Germany, Italy, and Japan (the Axis powers) on one side, and Britain, the Commonwealth, France, the USA, the USSR, and China (the Allies) on the other. MORE
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: Topic Page
    US legislation that outlawed discrimination on the grounds of a person's colour, race, national origin, religion, or sex. MORE
  • Pentagon Papers: Topic Page
    Government study of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in June, 1967, the 47-volume, top secret study covered the period from World War II to May, 1968. MORE
  • Iran Hostage Crisis: Topic Page
    Events following the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian students on Nov. 4, 1979; The overthrow of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran by an Islamic revolutionary government earlier in the year had led to a steady deterioration in Iran-U.S. relations. MORE
  • Iran-Contra Affair: Topic Page
    Secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran; The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. MORE
  • Gulf War: Topic Page
    War 16 January-28 February 1991 between Iraq and a coalition of 28 nations led by the USA; The invasion and annexation of Kuwait by Iraq on 2 August 1990 provoked a build-up of US troops in Saudi Arabia, eventually totalling over 500,000. MORE
  • War on Terror: Topic Page
    US-led international campaign against terrorist organizations, declared in response to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11th, 2001 that killed around 3,000 people MORE
  • Recession: Topic Page
    In economics, phase of the business cycle associated with a declining economy; Its manifestations are rising unemployment, contracting business activity, and decreasing purchasing power of consumers. Government policy, such as cuts in government spending or taxes, may be used to stimulate and expand the economy during a recession. If a recession is not checked, it can degenerate into a depression. MORE

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Movements, Issues, and Systems

  • Women's Suffrage: Topic Page
    The right of women to vote; Throughout the latter part of the 19th cent. the issue of women's voting rights was an important phase of feminism. MORE
  • Anti-Vietnam War Movement: Topic Page
    Domestic and international reaction (1965–73) in opposition to U.S. policy during the Vietnam War; During the four years following passage of the Tonkin Gulf resolution (Aug., 1964), which authorized U.S. military action in Southeast Asia, the American air war intensified and troop levels climbed to over 500,000.MORE
  • Civil Rights Movement: Topic Page
    US movement especially active during the 1950s and 60s that aimed to end segregation and discrimination against blacks, as well as affirm their constitutional rights and improve their status in society.
  • Term Limits: Topic Page
    Statutory limitations placed on the number of terms officeholders may serve; Focusing especially on members of the U.S. Congress, term limits became an important national political issue during the late 1980s and early 90s and have been vigorously debated. MORE
  • McCarthyism: Topic Page
    Period of political persecution during the 1950s, led by US senator Joe McCarthy, during which many public officials and private citizens were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers. MORE
  • Gay Rights Movement: Topic Page
    A movement to secure civil rights for homosexuals and lesbians.
  • Disarmament: Topic Page
    Reduction of a country's weapons of war. MORE

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