The Handy American History Answer Book (Handy Answer Books) (Paperback)

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Take a walk through the biggest events, the wars, the economic, political, and social forces, the presidents, and lesser-known personalities as well as the sports, music, and entertainment that created, changed, and built the United States

From Washington to the microchip, Columbus to modern terrorist threats, the Anasazi to the iPhone, The Handy American History Answer Book traces the development of the nation, including the impact of the Civil War, the discovery of gold in California, the inventions, the political and economic crises, and the technology transforming modern culture today. It answers nearly 900 commonly asked questions and offers fun facts about American, its history, and people, such as: What were the first crops developed by the early Indian cultures? What was the Lost Colony? When did the first Africans arrive in the British colonies of North America? What was the Stamp Act? Did the American colonies have the death penalty? Why did Elbridge Gerry, Edmund Randolph, and George Mason refuse to sign the Constitution? What were the Lincoln-Douglas debates? What Civil War nurse later founded the American Red Cross? Who were the robber barons? Who invented the sport of basketball? How bad was the San Francisco earthquake of 1906? What was the Harlem Renaissance? Who were the "Four Horsemen"? Was the U.S. mainland attacked during World War II? When did the Cold War begin and why? How was Earl Warren crucial to the Brown v. Board of Education decision? What caused the Vietnam War? What was Reaganomics? What impact did the Challenger disaster have on the U.S. space program? What record producer co-founded Def Jam? Who became the first space tourist?

This handy primer is a captivating, concise, and convenient history of America and Americans.The Handy American History Answer Book also includes a helpful bibliography and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness.

About the Author

David Hudson, Jr., JD is the author or co-author of over three dozen books, including The Handy History Answer Book, The Handy Law Answer Book, and The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book, all from Visible Ink Press, as well as The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy (Praeger), and (as co-editor with John Vile and David Schultz) The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (CQ Press). He works as a senior law clerk at the Tennessee Supreme Court and teaches classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. Hudson earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Carla, who assists him greatly with her excellent research skills.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781578594719
ISBN-10: 1578594715
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Handy Answer Books