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The History of the United States
by A. Glenn Crothers
February 2024, 330pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6487-2
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It is estimated that by 1500, over five million Native Americans were living in North America, comprising over 300 different language groups.

This latest addition to the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series explores the history of a nation close to home: the United States.

The History of the United States explores our young nation’s precolonial history through present day.

The first chapter establishes the central theme of the book—the struggle to define the meaning of “We the People.” Chapters 2 and 3 focus on America between 1400 and 1763, highlighting the diversity of early America and the interactions and conflicts between Native Americans, Africans, and various Europeans. Chapter 4 focuses on the Revolutionary Era (1763–1815), emphasizing the republican ideas that sparked the Revolution and debates over the shape of the new nation.

Chapters 5–7 take the story through the antebellum years, the political crisis of the 1850s, and the Civil War and Reconstruction, with issues of slavery at the center. Chapters 8–9 discuss the social, political, and economic conflicts of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, concluding with America’s participation in World War I and the 1920s. Chapters 10–12 cover the 1930s through the present, focusing on the expanding role of the United States in the world and the competing progressive and conservative impulses of the era.


  • Offers a comprehensive but concise and thematically coherent narrative history of the United States
  • Highlights the diversity of the American people over time
  • Documents the efforts of reformers of many different stripes to make the promises of America's founding documents real in the lives of all Americans
  • Demonstrates the deep roots of historical and contemporary social and political conflict
  • Includes a chronology of important events in U.S. history, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of American history
  • Provides brief biographies of those who have made important contributions through history in an appendix of Notable People in the History of the United States
A. Glenn Crothers is associate professor of history at the University of Louisville. He is author of Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730–1865 (2012) and coeditor of Borderland Narratives: Negotiation and Accommodation in North America's Contested Spaces, 1500–1850 (2017), in addition to over twenty articles on oral history, early national U.S. economic history, religious history, and history pedagogy.

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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