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The Americas

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The study of American history begins more than 30,000 years ago with the arrival of the first peoples on the continent. Ancient societies existed in…

Colonization and Settlement

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The colonial era in American history is essential in setting the framework for all the eras to follow. Nearly two centuries of colonization on the…

Revolution and the New Nation

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The American Revolution is often considered one of the most crucial times of United States history to study, as it lays the groundwork for all…

Expansion and Reform

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Between 1800 and 1860, the United States underwent a period of increased territorial expansion, immigration, economic growth, and industrialization.…

Civil War and Reconstruction

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The Civil War was undoubtedly one of the most important events in American history.  The war challenged not only the issue of slavery, but the also…

Development of the Industrial United States

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From Reconstruction to the end of the 19th century, the United States went through a dramatic shift in its economic landscape. Industrialization…

Emergence of Modern America

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The idea of a “Modern United States” begins with the advent of the Progressive era. The Progressive movement focused on reforms they viewed as…

The Great Depression and World War II

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Along with events such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression helped to shape modern-day America. The…

Postwar United States

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The era immediately following World War II brought about vast changes, not only in foreign policy, but in economics and a changing civic landscape.…

Contemporary United States

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This era is, in large part, a study of the United States as a global power – politically, economically and militarily. The detente with the…