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Full-Text Reference Books from Literati

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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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Movements, Issues, and Systems

Movements, Issues, and Systems

  • Mercantilism: Topic Page
    Economic system of the major trading nations during the 16th, 17th, and 18th cent., based on the premise that national wealth and power were best served by increasing exports and collecting precious metals in return. MORE
  • Imperialism: Topic Page
    The extension of rule or influence by one government, nation, or society over another.
  • Colonization: Topic Page
    Extension of political and economic control over an area by a state whose nationals have occupied the area and usually possess organizational or technological superiority over the native population.
  • Manifest Destiny: Topic Page
    In US history, the belief that Americans had a providential mission to extend both their territory and their democratic processes westwards across the continent.
  • Taxation: Topic Page
    Raising of money from individuals and organizations by the state in order to pay for the goods and services it provides. MORE
  • Slavery: Topic Page
    Slavery has been found among many groups of low material culture, as in the Malay Peninsula and among some Native Americans; it also has occurred in more highly developed societies, such as the southern United States. MORE
  • Underground Railroad: Topic Page
    Loosely organized system for helping fugitive slaves escape to Canada or to areas of safety in free states. It was run by local groups of Northern abolitionists, both white and free blacks
  • Jim Crow Laws: Topic Page
    Legislation passed by southern US states in the late 19th century to enforce racial segregation. MORE
  • Abolitionism: Topic Page
    A movement culminating in the late 18th and early 19th centuries that aimed first to end the slave trade, and then to abolish the institution of slavery and emancipate slaves.
  • 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

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