America

Book Description

Discover the stories that shaped our nation.

Sure, you know that America's colonists won our independence from Great Britain, that George Washington became our first president, and that Lincoln freed the slaves. But these key events merely scratch the surface of our nation's history and the moments that helped shape the United States into the rich, diverse, and complex country it is today.

America: History Examined explores the defining moments, decisions and people who have written our country's story up to now, including:

- The first people of America, with new archaeological and ethnographical findings
- An examination of the origins and course of the American Revolution
- The signing of the Declaration of Independence and creation of our Constitution
- The rise of Andrew Jackson and parallels with current American Populism
- A revealing look at the different causes that led to the American Civil War
- The World Wars and how they led to America's emergence as a superpower
- A critical examination of the Vietnam War and how it tested American pride
- Growing partisan gridlock, globalism vs. nationalism, and the dichotomy between the Obama and Trump presidencies

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. PART 1 The New World
    1. 1 The First People (40000-19000 B.C.E. to 1500s C.E.)
      1. Neolithic Journey
        1. Where’d Everybody Come From?
        2. What Happened to Everybody?
      2. Western Civilizations
        1. The Anasazi
        2. The Mound Builders
        3. The Cahokia Tragedy
      3. Long Before Columbus
    2. 2 West to East (1451–1507)
      1. The Weaver’s Son
        1. Trouble on the Horizon
        2. Columbus Day, 1492
        3. Paradise Killed
      2. Three More Voyages
      3. Why We’re Not Called Columbia
    3. 3 New Blood for Old Spain (1400–1600s)
      1. The Conquistador’s Sword
        1. Borderlands
        2. Oñate the Terrible
        3. The “Black Legend”
      2. Native American Revolutions
      3. The Black Robes
    4. 4 Errand into the Wilderness (1497–1608)
      1. England Joins the Age of Discovery
      2. Passage to India? No Way
      3. A Colony Vanishes, Another Appears
        1. The Continent Swallows a Colony
        2. Starving in Jamestown
        3. John Smith and Pocahontas
      4. Tobacco Empire
    5. 5 A Rock and a Hard Place (1608–1733)
      1. Promised Land
        1. “A Civil Body Politick”
        2. Indian Diplomacy
      2. New Traditions of Liberty and Worship
        1. Rhode Island: Haven for the Heterodox
        2. Maryland: Catholics Welcome
        3. Pennsylvania: Quaker Colony
      3. Dreams and Shackles
      4. Slave Country
    6. 6 Colonial Contenders (1608–1680s)
      1. Champlain Sails In
      2. The Sun King Beams
      3. A Small Investment
        1. Kieft the Killer
        2. Stuyvesant Takes Charge
      4. New Netherland Becomes New York
    7. 7 A Wilderness Burning (1636–1748)
      1. New England Bleeds
        1. The Pequot War
        2. King Philip’s War
      2. The French and Indian Wars
        1. King William’s War
        2. Queen Anne’s War
        3. Tuscarora and Yemasee Wars
        4. King George’s War
    8. 8 A Woodland World War (1749–1763)
      1. Taking Sides
        1. “The Volley Fired by a Young Virginian …”
        2. Panic, Retreat, and Retrenchment
      2. Seven Years’ Bad Luck
      3. Epilogue in Blood
  5. PART 2 The World Turned Upside Down
    1. 9 Invitation to a Tea Party (1763–1775)
      1. The King Draws a Line
      2. Taxation Without Representation
        1. Stamps of Tyranny
        2. Act II
      3. Boston Rising
      4. Tearing Down, Building Up
        1. Some Intolerable Acts
        2. Continental Congress
      5. The Shot Heard ’Round the World
      6. Washington Signs On
      7. A Misnamed Battle Near Bunker Hill
      8. The Olive Branch Spurned, a Declaration Written
    2. 10 Kindling the Flames of Liberty (1776–1783)
      1. Boston Besieged
      2. Southern Exposure
      3. A Pale Flush of Victory
      4. The British Lion Roars
      5. Recrossing the Delaware
      6. Saratoga Sunrise
      7. Trouble in the City of Brotherly Love
      8. Vive la France!
      9. A Hard Forge
      10. White War, Red Blood
      11. More Action in the South
      12. The Victory at Yorktown
  6. PART 3 Building the House
    1. 11 From Many, One (1787–1797)
      1. Bound by a Rope of Sand
      2. Northwest Ordinance
      3. We the People …
      4. A Fresh Start and New Compromise
        1. Connecticut Compromise
        2. Three-Fifths of a Person
        3. Federalist Hard Sell
      5. Father of His Country
      6. Glorious Afterthought: The Bill of Rights
      7. Hamilton Gets the Credit
    2. 12 Growing Pains (1798–1812)
      1. Foreign Affairs
        1. As Easy as XYZ
        2. John Adams on Power
      2. The Age of Jefferson
        1. Supreme Court Reigns Supreme
        2. A Purchase and a Grand Adventure
        3. Struggle for Sovereignty
      3. Tecumseh Raises the Hatchet
    3. 13 1812: The Decision for War (1812–1814)
      1. The War Hawks Roost
      2. Three-Pronged Flop
      3. The West at Risk
      4. Stranglehold
      5. Triumph of an Inland Navy
      6. O, Say Can You See
      7. Deliverance on Lake Champlain
      8. An American Hero Is Born
    4. 14 Fanfare for the Common Man (1814–1836)
      1. Good Feelings
        1. A Monumental Ditch
        2. A Place in the Family of Nations
        3. Monroe Doctrine
      2. Bad Feelings
        1. A Panic
        2. A Desperate Compromise
      3. The Age of Jackson
        1. The Rise of Old Hickory
        2. Common Man or King Andrew?
    5. 15 Trails of Tears (1817–1842)
      1. Liberty and Union, Now and Forever
      2. The Seminoles Say No
      3. The Defiance of Black Hawk
      4. Indian Removal
        1. Hollow Victory
        2. A Man Called Osceola
        3. “The Cruelest Work I Ever Knew”
        4. Welcome to Indian Territory
  7. PART 4 The House Divided
    1. 16 A Nation in Chains (1724–1857)
      1. Against the American Grain
        1. Eli Whitney’s Slave Machine
        2. Underground Railroad
        3. The Liberator and the Narrative
      2. The Tortured Course of Compromise
        1. 1850: A Compromise New and Doomed
        2. Kansas-Nebraska Act
      3. The Dred Scott Disgrace
    2. 17 Westward the Course (1834–1846)
      1. The Plow and the Reaper
        1. Cyrus McCormick
        2. John Deere
      2. Martyrdom in Texas
      3. Westering
        1. Overland Trail
        2. Oregon Fever
      4. “What Hath God Wrought?”
    3. 18 Destiny Manifested (1846–1860)
      1. Halls of Montezuma
      2. Of God and Gold
        1. The Mormons’ Trek
        2. Chasing the Glitter
    4. 19 A Strange Flag over Sumter (1859–1862)
      1. John Brown’s Body
      2. Bleak Transition
      3. April 12, 1861, 4:30 A.M.
      4. From Bull Run to Antietam
        1. Seven Days
        2. Back to Bull Run
        3. Perryville and Antietam
      5. Emancipation Proclaimed—More or Less
        1. The President’s Dilemma
        2. The President’s Solution
    5. 20 The Bloody Road to Appomattox and Beyond (1863–1876)
      1. Four Score and Seven
      2. Vicksburg and Chattanooga
      3. To Richmond
      4. Retreat in Reverse
      5. The March to the Sea
      6. Mr. McLean’s House
      7. With Malice Toward Some
        1. The President Attends a Comedy
        2. Reconstruction Deconstructed
        3. Articles of Impeachment
      8. Hail to “His Fraudulency”
  8. PART 5 Rebuilding the House
    1. 21 Sea to Shining Sea (1862–1878)
      1. Home Sweet Homestead
      2. By Rut and by Rail
        1. The Great Iron Road
        2. A Golden Spike at Promontory
    2. 22 Warpath (1862–1891)
      1. Blue, Gray, and Red
      2. Massacre in Minnesota
      3. War for the Bozeman Trail
      4. A Plague of Pursuers
      5. Struggle for the Black Hills
      6. “I Will Fight No More Forever”
      7. After Geronimo
      8. A Place Called Wounded Knee
    3. 23 Exploitation and Enterprise (1869–1908)
      1. An Empire of Cows
      2. Law and Disorder
      3. Markets and Monopolies
        1. Rockefeller’s Oil
        2. The Gospel of Wealth
      4. An Age of Invention
        1. “Mr. Watson, Come Here!”
        2. One Percent Inspiration
        3. Capturing Sound and Light
        4. Bridge and Skyscraper, Kitty Hawk and Detroit
    4. 24 Octopus and Jungle (1877–1906)
      1. The Golden Door
        1. How the Other Half Lived
        2. Rush to New Land
      2. The Knights of Labor
        1. Strike!
        2. The American Federation of Labor
        3. Wobblies
      3. Day of the Bosses
      4. Chicago Meat
        1. Muckrakers and Progressivism
        2. The Government Takes a Hand
  9. PART 6 World Power
    1. 25 Over There (1898–1918)
      1. Selling the News
      2. Remember the Maine!
      3. He Kept Us Out of War
        1. Lusitania Lost
        2. Telegram from Zimmermann
        3. Crusade for Democracy
        4. Over the Top
        5. Blooded at the Marne
        6. The Boys of St. Mihiel
        7. At the Eleventh Hour
    2. 26 Booze, Boom, Bust (1918–1929)
      1. Wilson’s Dream
        1. Reds!
        2. Retreat into “Normalcy”
      2. A Generation Lost and Found
        1. Stein, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Co.
        2. Women Get the Vote
        3. Harlem Lights and Harlem Nights
      3. America Goes Dry
      4. Countdown to Black Tuesday
        1. High Rollers
        2. Ante Up
    3. 27 A New Deal and a New War (1930–1941)
      1. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
      2. The Age of Great Dictators
      3. The Epoch of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
      4. Street Wars
      5. Bloodlust
        1. Lightning War
        2. Infamy at Pearl Harbor
    4. 28 Saving the World (1941–1945)
      1. “I Shall Return”
      2. Internment
      3. Trial, Error, and Triumph in North Africa
      4. Pacific Turning
      5. Island Hopping
      6. On Mediterranean Shores
        1. The Longest Day
      7. Blood for Liberty
      8. Fat Man and Little Boy
  10. PART 7 Superpower
    1. 29 War Served Cold—and Hot (1944–1954)
      1. A Fight for Peace
        1. The Nations Unite
        2. The Germans Are Divided
        3. Marshall Presents a Plan
      2. Curtain of Iron
        1. “Containing” Communism
        2. A Second Battle of Berlin
        3. Witch Hunts
      3. “Police Action” in Korea
        1. Invasion, Counterstrike, Invasion
        2. Meatgrinder
        3. Old Soldiers …
        4. Thrust, Counterthrust, and Stalemate
        5. Talking Peace and Talking Some More
        6. The Unhappiest Ally
    2. 30 From the Back of the Bus to the Great Society (1947–1968)
      1. Executive Order 9981
      2. The Dream Deferred
        1. Rosa Parks Boards a Bus
        2. A Preacher from Atlanta
      3. Or Does It Explode?
      4. Sputnik and the New Frontier
        1. “The Torch Has Been Passed …”
        2. From the Bay of Pigs to the Edge of Armageddon
        3. Motorcade in Dallas
      5. Lyndon Baines Johnson
        1. The Great Society
        2. An Act of Civil Rights
    3. 31 Nam (1946–1975)
      1. A Long Story
        1. The March to Dien Bien Phu
        2. Domino Theory
      2. American Advice
      3. A Monk on Fire and the Fall of a “Friend”
      4. American Thunder Rolls
      5. “Escalation” and “Vietnamization”
      6. Hearts and Minds
      7. The Endless Tunnel
        1. Tet
        2. A President Opts Out
      8. Nixon’s War
        1. Paris, Cambodia, and Laos
        2. Death for Easter
        3. Bombs for Christmas
      9. Hard Lessons
  11. PART 8 Identity Crisis
    1. 32 Of Love, the Moon, and Dirty Tricks (1968–1974)
      1. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
      2. Peace and Love
      3. The Eagle Has Landed
      4. Pentagon Secrets
      5. Thawing the Cold War
        1. Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
        2. Ping Pong Peace
      6. Committee to Re-Elect the President
        1. Plumbers at Work
        2. All the President’s Men
    2. 33 Women Rise, the Nation Drifts, and Reagan Rallies (1963–1980)
      1. A Woman’s Place
        1. From Rosie the Riveter to The Feminine Mystique
        2. Pill Power
        3. NOW and Ms.
        4. ERA Collapse
      2. Oil Almighty
      3. Stagflation
      4. Scary Cities, Crumbling Bridges
      5. The Verge of Meltdown
      6. The Fanatics
      7. The Great Communicator
  12. PART 9 America, Disrupted
    1. 34 A New Economy, a Fallen Wall, and a Desert in Flames (1980–1991)
      1. The Trickle-Down Solution
        1. Greed Is Good
        2. Black Monday
      2. A Suicide Bombing and a Feel-Good War
      3. A War Without Bullets
      4. Ollie, Iran, and the Contras
      5. Weighing the Reagan Years
      6. Desert Shield and Desert Storm
        1. A Line in the Sand
        2. Victory Constrained
    2. 35 E Pluribus Unum (1991–1999)
      1. The Economy, Stupid
      2. The New Right
        1. Right to Life
        2. Christian Right
      3. The Age of Rage
        1. Waco and Oklahoma City
      4. And It Was Still the Economy …
      5. To Fight for Peace
        1. Nightmare in the Balkans
        2. Kosovo Crisis
    3. 36 Democracy at the Turn of the Millennium (1991–2004)
      1. High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
      2. Paper Money
      3. Dot.Com and Dot.Bomb
      4. Pillars of the Community
        1. Cooked Books
        2. The New Ethics?
      5. Too Close to Call
    4. 37 Asymmetric Threats (2001–2008)
      1. 9/11
        1. Stunned
        2. More Attacks
        3. The Terrorists
        4. First War of the Twenty-First Century
        5. The Toll of Terror
        6. PATRIOT Act
        7. Operation Iraqi Freedom
        8. “Mission Accomplished”
        9. A Hundred Years War?
      2. No Shelter from the Storm
    5. 38 Elections Have Consequences (2008-2018)
      1. Beyond Red State, Blue State
        1. Bush in the Balance
        2. Revaluing Values
      2. Mortgaging the Future
        1. Debt and Debacle
        2. Meltdown
      3. What Is the Government? Who Is the Government?
        1. Campaigns for Change
        2. First Tuesday
        3. Tribal Politics
        4. President Trump
  13. About the Author

Product Information

  • Title: America
  • Author(s): Alan Axelrod
  • Release date: January 2019
  • Publisher(s): Alpha
  • ISBN: 9781465487001