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American History


by Spencer R. Crew, Michael Green, Vicki L. Ruiz, and Marian Perales, Editors.

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Deconstructing the past, contextualizing the present, and pondering the future—these hallmarks of history coursework and research form the foundational purpose of the American History database.

American History provides a chronological delineation of the nation's development from precontact to present day, with authoritative treatment of formative moments ranging from the familiar to the seldom studied. Primary and secondary sources combine to cast light on the players, conflicts, and movements that have collectively shaped the nation, while academic roundtables delve into the complexities of such topics as the Salem witch scare, immigration, and the Cold War. American History is designed to serve the full spectrum of post-secondary students, powering everything from general education studies to academic research. Created in collaboration with scholars, educators, and librarians, the database is bolstered by contributions from noted academics and frequent additions that maintain currency.


  • More than 20,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays; biographies; government, court, and cultural documents; photos; maps; audio/video clips; statistics; and more
  • Nearly 3,300 biographies of famous political and military figures such as John Locke, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Douglas MacArthur, as well as fascinating people from across American society, including Hank Aaron, Andrew Carnegie, Robert Redford, and Jonas Salk
  • More than 100 thesis-driven, peer-reviewed journal articles from historians such as Paul Finkelman, Mary Fredrickson, and Carol Karlsen address questions such as "Was slavery the principal cause of the Civil War?" and "Was socialism ever a real possibility for the United States?"
  • A remarkable survey of American history from 1350 to the present, covering such areas as European colonization, the formation of the first political parties, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, the Cold War, the Watergate scandal, and the Obama presidency
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ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions

The ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Edition suite supplies the digital reference collections and full-text scholarship integral to undergraduate research in the humanities. In each of the suite's 14 dynamic and discipline-specific databases, student researchers are empowered to broaden their understandings, analyze historical and societal complexities, and develop innovative and informed perspectives.

Contributions from more than 3,000 field scholars and real-time updates ensure researchers are always accessing relevant and credible material. Across all 14 databases, investigations into critical topics yield three integrated but distinct content components to support thesis-driven research:

Original journal articles, authored by leading academics and vetted by advisory boards of credentialed experts, that offer varied viewpoints on the complexities and nuances inherent in the discipline to serve as both sources and exemplars of evidence-based scholarly thought,

A robust reference library that draws from 200,000+ primary and secondary sources, including media and data,

And a course companion, comprised of both text and video lectures, designed to reinforce coursework or drive independent study.


  • Coverage spans the humanities, from core disciplines like American history to emergent fields of study, including modern genocide and popular culture.
  • All material is authored by accomplished academics and vetted by database-specific advisory boards, while daily updates across the suite ensure that database content evolves to reflect changing understandings and developments in the field.
  • Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases' topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, reference material, and journal articles.
  • Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate the precise resources they seek.
  • Built-in tools are available to support and streamline the research process, including the cite tool for instant citation generation and the CLIOview feature for comparative data analysis.
Advisory Board

Spencer R. Crew is the interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is also the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University.

Michael Green is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His publications include Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War.

Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. A first generation college student, she received her PhD in History from Stanford University in 1982.

Marian Perales is an Editorial Specialist for ABC-CLIO's American History and the American Mosaic databases. She received an MA in U.S. history from The Claremont Graduate University.

Topic Centers


Exploration and Colonization, 1350–1760
• Exploration, 1350–1550
• European Colonization, 1492–1752
• The English Colonies, 1605–1760
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840–1877
• Prelude to the Civil War, 1840–1861
• The Civil War, 1861–1865
• Reconstruction, 1865–1877
World War II and the Cold War Era, 1939–1960
• World War II, 1939–1945
• The Cold War, 1945–1960
• The Fifties, 1950–1959
Revolutionary Era, 1754–1783
• The Coming of Independence, 1754–1776
• The American Revolution, 1774–1783
Industrialization and Immigration, 1850–1900
• The West, 1850–1900
• The Rise of American Industry, 1850–1900
• Urban Life, 1860–1900
A Nation in Upheaval, 1954–1975
• The Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1975
• The Vietnam War, 1954–1975
• The Sixties, 1960–1969
• Nixon and Watergate, 1968–1975
A New Nation, 1776–1800
• The Constitution, 1776–1800
• The Emergence of a Nation, 1789–1800
Gilded Age to World War I, 1870–1920
• The Gilded Age, 1870–1914
• The Progressive Era, 1890–1920
• America as a World Power, 1890–1914
• World War I, 1914–1920
Conservative Agenda to the Clinton Era, 1975–2000
• Post–Watergate Society, 1975–1989
• The Conservative Tide, 1980–1992
• The Close of the 20th Century, 1992–2000
Expansion and Reform, 1790–1850
• Political Life in a New Nation, 1800–1830
• A Developing Economy, 1790–1850
• Westward Expansion, 1790–1850
• Social Movements, 1815–1850
Great Depression to the New Deal, 1920–1939
• The Twenties, 1920–1929
• The Crash and Great Depression, 1929–1939
• The New Deal, 1932–1939
Age of Globalization, 2001–Present
• America Embraces the New Millennium, 2001–2008
• Beginning of a New Era, 2008–Present




"ABC-CLIO's online encyclopedia American History (Academic Edition) is a new addition to a crowded marketplace of online academic encyclopedias, many of which are ABC-CLIO products. This database gets high marks in terms of aesthetics and usability. The pages are nicely arranged with plenty of white space. And academic institutions that subscribe to other ABC-CLIO online encyclopedias will be able to save money on the subscription price and move between the various online products using a simple drop-down menu located on the left side of the page. ... American History (Academic Edition) is a high-quality, visually appealing, low-cost addition to ABC-CLIO's online encyclopedias. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers." Choice


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