Book:Outline of US History

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Title:Outline of US History
Author:US State Department
Subjects:World History
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License:Public Domain
Description:John Horgan, a professor of History at Concordia University-Wisconsin, wrote in with several excellent online history books. This one is from the State Department. As its title suggests, it’s an outline, not a full-fledged book, but there is plenty packed into its 15 succinct chapters. In the PDF version, it manages to cover all US History in a scant 185 pages, from the first Native Americans crossing the Bering Strait to the 2004 Presidential Election.

There are no review questions, sadly, but there is a pretty decent bibliography and the PDF is well-indexed. The overall presentation is quite good, as you would expect from the federal government.

The book is available in a chapter-by-chapter online format or in a single PDF (4.4 mb).

From the site:

Outline of U.S. History is a publication of the U.S. Department of State. The first edition (1949-50) was produced under the editorship of Francis Whitney, first of the State Department Office of International Information and later of the U.S. Information Agency. Richard Hofstadter, professor of history at Columbia University, and Wood Gray, professor of American history at The George Washington University, served as academic consultants. D. Steven Endsley of Berkeley, California, prepared additional material. It has been updated and revised extensively over the years by, among others, Keith W. Olsen, professor of American history at the University of Maryland, and Nathan Glick, writer and former editor of the USIA journal, Dialogue. Alan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University (Ohio), wrote the post-World War II chapters for previous editions.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated by Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. Professor Hamby has written extensively on American politics and society. Among his books are Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman and For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s.


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