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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 communist…

Postwar United States

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

The Great Depression and World War II

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Beyond the toll it took on the nation, the Great Depression helped to shape modern-day America, especially in expanding the role of government in…

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 viewed as necessary…

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…

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 the…

Expansion and Reform

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

Revolution and the New Nation

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

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…

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…