Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century

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"The 19th century was arguably the most important in the nation's history, making the publication of this first-rate encyclopedia a significant event. Students using this 600-entry work, which is conveniently keyed to the National Standards for United States History, will find the entries easy to follow and enjoyable to read. It is an essential purchase for all public and academic libraries."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.Covers the significant events, politics, government, economy, culture, social problems and reform, population, foreign policy, and everday lives of Americans during the nineteenth century.

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The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century takes its place between the Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies (1993) and the Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (1996) in a series of reference works on U.S. history from Scribner. Although the new set has a different organizational format, it offers quality and coverage comparable to that in the companion works.

In the preface, editor Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, calls the nineteenth century "the century that made America" in contrast to the well known "American century" label often given to the twentieth century. Finkelman cites the staggering growth in territory, population, and economy as well as the costs of the Civil War; confrontations with Britain, Mexico, and Spain; and the battles and ultimate displacement of Native Americans in reflecting on how the U.S., as a nation, was formed during these 100 years. Such changes, development, and growth in society, politics, economics, and technology are the encyclopedia's focus.

Unlike the other works in the series, Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century utilizes an A-Z format rather than broad categories to present 599 articles on the critical aspects of the century. This arrangement works well for both the long, detailed entries appropriate for topics such as education or the Supreme Court and for the shorter, more specific entries like Fisheries and Political cartoons. Some longer discussions, such as Literature and Women, are organized into subentries. Entry headings such as Alaska Purchase, Birth and childbearing, Chinatowns, Homosexuality, Lynching, Natural resources, Photography, Saloons and drinking life, Telegraph, and Transcendentalism demonstrate the range of coverage. States and major cities have entries, as do Canada and Mexico. There are no biographies, although numerous individuals are traceable through the index. All articles are the contributions of scholars, and each includes a bibliography and see also references. The volumes are well illustrated with more than 400 black-and-white photographs and drawings. They also provide several practical maps and a year-by-year chronology, as well as a general index and a systematic outline of contents.

Intended as both a reference book and an introduction to the vital issues of the nineteenth century, this resource is appropriate for students and scholars alike and is recommended for all libraries providing ample reference works in American history. Of note to school and public libraries, the National Standards for United States History, published by the National Center for History in the Schools, were used as a benchmark in the creation of the set to ensure coverage complementary to school textbooks. RBB
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Grade 9-Up In his preface, Finkelman writes Ethe nineteenth century, characterized by vast territorial expansion, great changes, and the national agony of civil war, was the most dramatic in American history indeed, it was the century that made America. Providing an introduction to the central issues and questions of this period of enormous change, this outstanding resource discusses people, politics, economics, technology, and the Civil War in 599 alphabetically arranged, signed essays. Many of these lengthy entries include subentries. For example, under Civil War there are separate discussions of the causes of the war, battles, black soldiers, women, the home fronts, the West, Indian Territory, consequences, and legacy. Immigration and Immigrants considers 12 different groups, plus policy and law, anti-immigrant sentiment, and the immigrant experience. Articles about women, social history, and daily life are prominent features. Exceptional cross-references allow for additional access points and each entry concludes with an up-to-date bibliography. More than 480 black-and-white photographs, reproductions, maps, drawings, and political cartoons supplement the text. In its coverage, the set conforms to the standards published by the National Center for History in the Schools. There is a synoptic outline. Sure to be utilized by a wide range of students, this companion to William J. Eccles's Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies (Scribners, 1993) and Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (Macmillan, 1996) is a must for all libraries. Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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