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  • Introduction
    • About This Book
    • Conventions Used in This Book
    • What You’re Not to Read
    • Foolish Assumptions
    • Beyond the Book
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • Where to Go from Here
  • Part I: Getting Started with U.S. History
    • Chapter 1: America: A Short Biography
      • They Came, They Saw, They Stayed
        • Catching up to the Spanish
        • It’s revolutionary!
      • Putting America on the Map
        • Nationalizing a nation
        • Dirty politics
        • Fighting with a neighbor, finding gold, and heading for a breakup
        • Fighting among ourselves
        • Making up is hard to do
      • Struggling with Greatness
        • Finding a place in the world
        • Roaring through the ’20s
        • What’s so great about a depression?
        • The big one
      • A Cold War and a Brave New World
        • From a Kennedy to a Ford
        • Good intentions, mixed results
        • Finishing out the century
      • America in the 21st Century
        • Bursting economic bubbles
        • Politics and healthcare are no tea party
        • Changing technology, changing America
    • Chapter 2: Native Americans and Explorers: 14,000 BC (?)–1607
      • Coming to America
      • Exploring Early Civilizations
        • The Anasazi
        • The Mound Builders
      • Many Tribes, Not Many People
        • In the Northwest
        • In the Southwest
        • On the Great Plains
        • In the Northeast
        • In the Southeast
      • De-stereotyping the Native Americans
      • Visiting by the Vikings
      • Spicing Up Life — and Other Reasons for Exploring
      • Discovering a Dozen Other People Who Dropped By
      • The Sword, the Cross, and the Measles
        • Native American slavery
        • The men in the brown robes
        • Destruction through disease
      • Arriving Late for the Party
        • France
        • England
    • Chapter 3: Pilgrims’ Progress: The English Colonies, 1607–1700
      • Seeing Potential in the New World
      • Settling in Jamestown
        • Early troubles
        • Making Native American friends
        • Finding a cash crop
      • Instituting Slavery
      • Colonizing: Pilgrims and Puritans
        • The Mayflower Compact: A Dutch pilgrimage
        • The Massachusetts Bay colony: A pure haven
      • Bringing Religious Freedom: Dissidents, Catholics, and Quakers
        • Sneaking off to Rhode Island
        • Condoning only Christianity in Maryland
        • Promoting tolerance in Pennsylvania
      • Dealings of the Dutch
      • Coping with Native American Troubles
      • Rebelling — with Bacon
    • Chapter 4: You Say You Want a Revolution: 1700–1775
      • Looking at America in 1700
      • Colonizing New France
      • Fighting the First True World Wars
        • King William’s War
        • Queen Anne’s War
        • King George’s War
      • Awakening to Greater Religious Freedom
      • The French and Indian War
        • Unifying the colonies
        • Defeating British General Braddock
        • Outfighting the French
      • Growing like a Weed
        • Accounting for the population explosion
        • Living the good life
      • Heading toward Divorce with Britain
        • The Proclamation of 1763
        • The Revenue Acts (1764)
        • The Stamp Act (1765)
        • The Townshend Act (1767)
        • The Boston Massacre (1770)
        • The Boston Tea Party (1773)
        • The “Intolerable” Acts (1774)
      • Congressing over Cocktails
      • Mr. Revere, Your Horse Is Ready
    • Chapter 5: Yankee Doodlin’: 1775–1783
      • In This Corner, the Brits. . . .
      • In This Corner, the Yanks. . . .
      • Mr. Washington Goes to War
        • Finding faults in George
        • Commanding a country
      • Declaring Independence
        • Stirring up colonists’ emotions
        • Writing history
      • Kissing Up to the French
      • Undergoing Life Changes: The Loyalists and the Slaves
        • Remaining loyal to the crown
        • Confronting slavery issues
      • Winning a War
        • Felling a British fort
        • Battling it out on Bunker — make that Breed’s — Hill
        • Losing the campaign in Canada
        • Nixing plans to take New York
        • Winnin’ at Trenton and Princeton
        • Making the Brits surrender at Saratoga
        • Sparring at sea
        • Losing big in Charleston
        • Minimizing the damage at Guilford Courthouse
        • Turning things around at Yorktown
    • Chapter 6: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783–1800
      • Making the Rules
        • Going back to Philly
        • Selling the Constitution to the states
      • Dishing Up Politics, American Style
        • Washington the politician
        • Family feuding: Jefferson vs. Hamilton
      • Raising the Dough
      • Earning Respect
        • Shaking things up: Shays’s Rebellion
        • Taxing liquid corn: The Whiskey Rebellion
        • Going “mad” over the Native Americans
        • Attempting to censor the press
      • Finding Foreign Friction
  • Part II: Growing Pains
    • Chapter 7: “Long Tom” and One Weird War: 1800–1815
      • Jefferson Gets a Job
      • Disorder in the Court
      • Growing by Leaps and Bounds
        • Capitalizing on Napoleon’s going-out-of-business sale
        • Lewis, Clark, and the woman on the dollar coin
      • Fighting Pirates, and a “Dambargo”
        • “To the shores of Tripoli . . . ”
        • No one likes a bloodless war
      • “Little Jemmy” Takes the Helm
        • New kids on the block
        • Fighting the Native Americans — again
      • Why Not Invade Canada This Year?
      • Three Strikes and the Brits Are Out
      • Calling It Even
        • Working on a settlement
        • Squawking about things in New England
    • Chapter 8: Pulling Together to Keep from Falling Apart: 1815–1844
      • Embracing Nationalism . . . Sort Of
        • Taking it to the bank
        • A tariff-ic idea
        • This land is my land, but for how much?
        • Orders from the court
        • Increasing industry
      • The Slavery Cancer Grows
        • Cotton and sugar mean more slaves
        • Opposing slavery
        • Compromising over Missouri
        • Mind your own hemisphere: The Monroe Doctrine
      • Mud-Wrestling to the White House
        • Adams wins, but Jackson isn’t done
        • Old Hickory: The Jackson presidency
      • Nullify This
        • The nullification debate hits the Senate
        • A tarrible idea
        • Bringing down the Bank
      • Inventing a Better Life
        • Riding the train
        • Reaping what you sow
        • Communicating across America
      • Staking Out New Land
        • Pushing out the Native Americans
        • Claiming independence for Texas
        • Changing it up at president
    • Chapter 9: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845–1860
      • Wrenching Land from Mexico
        • Provoking a war
        • Capturing California and the Southwest
      • Rushing for Gold
        • Risking life and limb to strike gold
        • Compromising on the slavery issue
      • Coming Over and Spreading Out
        • The Germans, the Irish, and the Know-Nothings who opposed them
        • Making waves: The Mormons
        • Wagons ho!
        • Becoming aware of women’s rights (or the lack thereof)
      • The Beginning of the End
        • Factoring a slave’s life
        • Battling in Kansas
        • Making a “dredful” decision
      • Squaring Off for a Showdown: The Lincoln–Douglas Debate
        • Spark number 1: John Brown
        • Spark number 2: Lincoln’s election
    • Chapter 10: A Most Uncivil War: 1861–1865
      • Introducing Abraham Lincoln
        • Presenting the 16th president
        • Understanding Lincoln’s views on slavery and the Union
        • Bending the Constitution to preserve the Union — and win reelection
      • North versus South: Comparing Advantages and Action Plans
      • Freeing the Slaves
        • Proclaiming emancipation
        • Surveying the consequences of emancipation
      • Reviewing the Troops, the Generals, and the Major Battles
        • The men at the top
        • The war at sea
        • The war on land
      • Two More Reasons Why the North Won
      • Losing a Leader
    • Chapter 11: Putting the Country Back Together: 1865–1876
      • A Southern-Fried Mess: Life in the South after the Civil War
        • Starting a new life
        • Becoming sharecroppers
      • Piecing the Union Back Together
        • Demanding loyalty, legislating equality
        • Using violence to keep blacks down
      • The Tailor-Made President: Andrew Johnson
      • Growing Corruption in Politics
        • Riding the railroads to economic ruin
        • Fixing a presidency (and not in a good way)
  • Part III: Coming of Age
    • Chapter 12: Growing Up: 1876–1898
      • Heading West in a Quest for Wealth
        • Making money from minerals
        • Making money from animals
        • Making money from vegetables
      • Ousting “Undesirables”
        • Putting up a fight
        • Legalizing discrimination
      • Cramming into Cities
      • Inventing Big Business
        • Building the railroads
        • Manufacturing steel more efficiently
        • Refining (and controlling) oil
        • Getting wired for sound and light
        • Forming trusts and striking against them
      • Electing a String of Forgettable Presidents
      • The Rise of Populism
      • “A Splendid Little War”
    • Chapter 13: Growing into the 20th Century: 1899–1918
      • Here Today, Guam Tomorrow: Colonizing Spain’s Lands
        • Arguing about American imperialism
        • Keeping a high profile in international affairs
      • Making a Lot of Noise and Carrying a Big Stick: Roosevelt Takes Office
      • Progressing toward Political and Social Reform
        • The “muckrakers” expose evil and initiate change
        • Improving working conditions — and other people’s drinking habits
      • Contracting Labor Pains
        • Struggling in a changing workforce
        • Initiating improvements to working conditions
      • Transporting America
      • Suffering for Suffrage
      • Leaving the South: African Americans Migrate to Northern Cities
      • The War to End All Chapters
    • Chapter 14: Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919–1929
      • Wilson Goes Out of His League for Peace
      • Restricting Immigration and Challenging the Natives
        • Closing the gate
        • Return of the Klan
      • Darwin versus God
      • Warren, Cal, and Herbert: Republicans in the White House
      • Good Times (Or Were They?)
        • Helping the rich
        • Increasing American spending habits
        • Making it difficult on the poor
      • Ain’t We Got Fun?
        • Going to the movies
        • Listening to the radio
        • Listening to music and writing literature
        • Playing games
      • Drying Out America: Prohibition Begins
      • Changing Morals
      • An Age of Heroes
    • Chapter 15: Uncle Sam’s Depressed: 1930–1940
      • The Great Depression: Causes and Consequences
      • Shoving Aside Racial Minorities
      • Keeping Women at Home — or Work
      • Developing Organized Labor
      • FDR: Making Alphabet Soup
        • Electing a reformer
        • Creating hope through a New Deal
        • Packing the Supreme Court
        • Assessing the New Deal
      • Critics, Crooks, and Crime Fighters
        • Huey Long
        • Francis E. Townsend
        • Charles E. Coughlin
        • Bad guys and G-men
    • Chapter 16: The World at War: 1941–1945
      • Trying to Avoid War — Again
        • Playing the role of a good neighbor
        • Sensing impending doom
      • Gearing Up for War
        • Getting industry and the economy in shape for World War II
        • Working with labor unions during war times
        • Employing women for the war effort
        • Making strides — African Americans achieve greater equality
        • Returning for work after being kicked out — Latinos
        • Treating the Japanese Americans poorly
      • Dealing with the War in Europe
        • Meeting at Yalta
        • Winning one step at a time
        • Making the final push
        • Discovering the war’s greatest crime
        • Ending the war in Europe, and the end of FDR
      • Dealing with the War in the Pacific
        • Fighting back
        • Turning the tide
      • Dropping the Bomb
  • Part IV: America in Adulthood
    • Chapter 17: TV, Elvis, and Reds under the Bed: 1946–1960
      • A Cold War and a Hot “Police Action”
        • Gauging the United Nations
        • The world as a chessboard
        • The Berlin airlift
        • The “miracle of ’48”
        • The Korean War
        • Uncle Sam’s big stick
      • Finding Commies under the Bed
        • Casting suspicion on Hiss
        • Leaking scientific secrets: The Rosenbergs
        • Checking the loyalty of federal workers
        • Telling tall tales: “Tail-Gunner Joe”
      • Having It All
        • A booming economy
        • Moving to the burbs
        • Tuning in to the tube
        • Rockin’ ’n’ rollin’
        • An American king
      • Moving, Slowly, to the Front of the Bus
        • Brown against the board
        • Boycotting the bus
    • Chapter 18: Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1974
      • Electing an Icon
        • The Bay of Pigs
        • Facing the possibility of nuclear war
        • A dark day in Dallas
      • Sending Troops to Vietnam
        • Sinking deeper into a confusing war
        • Taking a look at the Tet Offensive
      • Increasing Pressure in ’Nam and Escalating Fears at Home
      • Continuing the Fight for Civil Rights
        • Enforcing their rights: African Americans
        • Challenging the system: Latin Americans
        • Maintaining their culture: Native Americans
      • Entering a Generation in Revolt
        • Draft dodging, drugs, and demonstrations
        • The rise of feminism
        • Coming out of the closet
      • Weirdness in the White House
        • Making strides: The Nixon administration
        • Watching it all fall apart: Watergate
    • Chapter 19: Hold the Malaise, or, Ayatollah So: 1975–1992
      • Wearing Nixon’s Shoes
        • Doing the best he could
        • Whipping inflation
      • Good Intentions, Bad Results
        • Measuring misery
        • Befriending the enemy
      • There’s a First Time for Everything
        • Buying into the “Reagan Revolution”
        • Paying for “Reaganomics”
        • Dealing with foreign affairs
      • Warming Up after the Cold War
        • Engaging in the Gulf War
        • Back on the home front
    • Chapter 20: No Sex, Please, I’m the President: 1993–1999
      • Bill, Newt, and Monica
        • Treading lightly abroad
        • Pushing harder on the home front
        • Pushing the “Contract with America”
        • Judging a president
      • Homegrown Terrorism
        • Rallying around Ruby Ridge
        • Taking down a cult: Waco
        • Bombings rock the nation
        • Don’t open that mail: The Unabomber
      • Making Ourselves Sick
        • Suffering from AIDS
        • Dealing with drugs
      • A World of Change
        • You’ve got mail!
        • Trading under a global economy
  • Part V: Facing the New Millennium
    • Chapter 21: Terror Comes Home; America Goes to War(s)
      • Whew! A Squeaker: Bush and Gore, 2000
        • Hanging chads and butterfly ballots
        • Post-election scrutinizing
      • A Nation Stunned
        • al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden
        • Taking on the Taliban
        • Fighting terrorism on the home front
      • That Damn Saddam
        • Toughening the stance against Iraq
        • The U.S. invasion
      • Meanwhile, in the Rest of the World . . .
      • Winds and Losses
        • Big blow in the Big Easy
        • Ike hits Texas
    • Chapter 22: Recessions Can Be Really Depressing
      • Ouch! The Economy Stubs Its Toe
        • Dot-com dreams and investor nightmares
        • The houses that went upside down
      • “We’re from the Government; We’re Here to Help . . . ”
        • Brand new president, same old problems
        • Buying time by buying bonds
        • Did government intervention work?
      • Brother, Can You Spare a Job?
        • Looking for work. And looking . . .
        • Where the work went
      • Unspreading the Wealth
        • The rich get richer
        • The blame game
    • Chapter 23: Reforming Healthcare Is No Tea Party
      • The Great Presidential Race of 2008
        • Obama versus McCain
        • Obama’s historic victory
        • Calling the president a liar
      • Going to a Tea Party
        • Taking over the House
        • Cutting taxes by compromising
      • Lurching Toward Healthcare
        • Courting the Supreme Court
        • A stumbling start
      • Reelecting Obama
        • The challenger
        • The race
        • The results
      • Meanwhile, Back at the Budget . . .
        • Hitting the debt ceiling
        • Driving off the fiscal cliff
        • Shutting down the government
    • Chapter 24: This New America
      • The Techno Revolution
        • Getting news from new news sources
        • Calling all cells
        • Socializing on the web
        • Entertaining ourselves, by ourselves
        • Spying on web activities
      • Going Gray — but with More Variety
        • Surfing the “silver tsunami”
        • Stirring the melting pot
      • Redefining the American Family
        • Changing with the times
        • Legalizing gay marriage
  • Part VI: The Part of Tens
    • Chapter 25: Ten Events That Defined American Culture
      • The Publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (1732)
      • The Performance of “The Black Crook” (1866)
      • The Opening of the Home Insurance Building (1884)
      • The Advent of the Copyright Act (1909)
      • The Rise of Jazz (1920s)
      • The Birth of Talking Pictures (1927)
      • The Abstract Expressionism Movement (1950s)
      • The Establishment of the NEA (1965)
      • The Acceptance of “Deep Throat” (1972)
      • The Opening of Facebook (2004)
    • Chapter 26: Ten Unfortunate Statements by U.S. Presidents
      • I’m No Physicist, but . . .
      • Uh, Are You Sure, Mr. President?
      • Yup, It’ll Sure Come in Handy Some Day
      • Geography Was Not My Best Class
      • Well, Keep It in Your Pants
      • Uh, This Is Only a Test
      • Go Ahead and Read, but Don’t Listen
      • I Shall Not Tell a Lie . . . .
      • They Were under Saddam’s Bed
      • Geography Was Not My Best Class, Either
  • Part VII: The Appendixes
    • Appendix A: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1–10 of the Constitution
    • Appendix B: The Declaration of Independence
  • About the Author
  • Cheat Sheet
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