U.S. History 101: Historic Events, Key People, Improtant Locations, and More! (Adams 101)
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The stories of politicos and historic events are often turned into snooze-worthy lectures that even Benjamin Franklin would reject. This guide cuts out all the boring details and instead provides you with a thrilling lesson in U.S. history.
From Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence to Barack H. Obama and the Great Recession, each page takes you on an unforgettable journey through the moments that completely changed this country. You'll also uncover hundreds of entertaining historical facts and stories that you won't be able to find anywhere else.
So whether you're looking to unravel the mysteries of America's past or just want to learn more about our country's presidents, U.S. History 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
marching out of their fallen city. Grant’s victory opened the Mississippi River to the Union and effectively broke the Confederacy in two. By the end of 1863, the Union had achieved two main objectives—control of the Mississippi River, which split the South in two, and a strangling blockade of Southern ports. Severely lacking, however, was a coordinated strategy to finish the war, until in March 1864, Lincoln selected General Grant to command the Northern troops. THE SOUTH SURRENDERS General
island nation into surrender. The newspaperman Edward R. Murrow rallied American opinion behind the beleaguered British with his live radio reports from London. At this juncture, FDR did everything in his power to help the British government. He lent it fifty or sixty destroyers, even though the United States (at the time) was maintaining its position of neutrality. However, he had to contend with powerful isolationist currents in the United States, particularly among Midwest Republicans such as
Normandy invasion, Allied forces swept through France but stalled along the German border that September. From intelligence reports, the Allies realized that the Germans were within striking distance of Antwerp. A particularly harsh winter also hindered defense efforts. In December 1944, General George Patton pushed his troops through Bastogne, Belgium, in forty-eight hours, a feat others swore he couldn’t manage. Germany’s Panzer Division proved as stubborn as the U.S. general. Their aim was to
He saw the power of the civil rights movement and was disturbed by Elijah Muhammad’s decision to remain aloof from it. He also was horrified to learn that the leader of the Nation had regularly conducted sexual affairs with a variety of young women. The Garvey Movement Marcus Garvey, despairing of ever getting just treatment from whites in America, formed the Universal Negro Improvement Association for the purpose of setting up African-American institutions and eventually facilitating a return
presidential race pitted the incumbent chief executive, Jimmy Carter, against a newcomer to national politics, Ronald Reagan. First well known as an actor and later governor of California, Reagan charmed the public, and his conservative following in particular. The nation seemed to be searching for old-fashioned values, and voters found them in Ronald Reagan. THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR As the Carter administration failed to revive a sagging economy, Americans looked to Reagan for leadership. He’d