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Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century

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ISBN 10: 0684805006 / ISBN 13: 9780684805009
Published by Charles Scribners & Sons, 2000
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Title: Encyclopedia of the United States in the ...

Publisher: Charles Scribners & Sons

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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While other resources focus on different aspects of this century, such as the Civil War or immigration, this is the first truly comprehensive treatment to cover all aspects of 19th century history: population, politics and government, economy and work, society and culture, religion, social problems and reform, everyday life, and foreign policy are explored in more than 600 A-to-Z articles. Complete with more than 400 illustrations and maps, this set includes an exhaustive year-by-year chronology, original documents, tables and a complete index.

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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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