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Dictionary of American History: 2002 Edition Hardcover – Dec 11 2002

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  • Hardcover: 5500 pages
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons; 3rd edition edition (Dec 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684805332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684805337
  • Product Dimensions: 45.7 x 29.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 Kg
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*Starred Review* For 60 years the Dictionary of American History (DAH) has been the unrivaled source of choice for information about the history of the U.S. from its precolonial days on. In its new edition it reflects recent trends in the ways in which American history is studied, taught, and interpreted.This means shedding the vestiges of the political and military emphases of its 1940 first edition and thoroughly incorporating analytical filters such as race, gender, ethnicity, and class in making sense of the American story. It also means a more synthetic approach. While retaining its alphabetical organization running from the first volume through the eighth, this edition has reduced the number of entries from more than 7,100 to 4,434. DAH continues to eschew biographical entries in deference to other plentiful sources of biographies of contributors to American history (in fact, DAH was originally intended to be used in conjunction with the publisher's Dictionary of American Biography, which has been continued as The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives). However, it has helpfully introduced maps and illustrations as well as an "archival" volume. This supplement consists of maps accompanied by commentary depicting American territory from around 1550 to 1855, the Civil War era, and lower Manhattan from 1675 to September 12, 2001. The bulk of the supplementary volume presents transcriptions of primary documents. These range in topic and time from Powhatan's 1607 plea for peace to John Smith to the nativist American Party platform of 1856 to an excerpt from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle to Stokely Carmichael's Black Power speech of 1966 to Al Gore's December 2000 concession speech. See references link the primary documents to entries in the dictionary proper and vice versa.

In the dictionary itself readers will find the same sort of informative articles they have come to expect, including articles on topics they now assume will be covered. These include an eyes-wide-open treatment of college athletics, the lobbying power of the AARP, the Clinton impeachment, sexually transmitted diseases, and the 9/11 attack and its aftermath. Even brief entries, such as the one on home-shopping networks, conclude with an up-to-date bibliography and see also references to related articles. An extensive alphabetical index offers access to these riches. A complementary access tool, a guide to eras of American history, correlates relevant chapters in several very recent textbooks with lists of articles in the dictionary.

There are now other encyclopedias of American history available. Academic libraries confined to one option should go with the DAH. Public libraries need to consider whether users are most likely to be high school students or college students and college-educated adults (in which case DAH). RBB
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This is the most recent edition of a classic reference. At a time when too much reliance is placed on well intended, but amateurish, internet references, this is a reminder of how good a reference crafted by experts can be. The success of the internet has had the benign effect of making used editions of first rate references more affordable. Unfortunately, it may also mean there will be no future editions. When I was a student, I could only afford the one volume Concise Dictionary of American History. As handy as that reference is, I always dreamed of having the full set. If you are interested in American History, you should treat yourself to this set.
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HASH(0x9b404e7c) out of 5 stars OM Goodness these were like brand new Aug. 23 2013
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Wow this set was like brand new now these did come from a library but still I don't think anyone ever looked at them.

I was disappointed because they were revised in the 3rd edition this has nothing to do with the seller I got a wonder bargain.

How reliable what is left in this sanitized version who knows...

This has to do with the PC crowed getting a hold of history and editing out things I knew were in the 2nd edition.

In the other edition told who lead the 1st Women's Liberation movement in Wisconsin was a prostitute it is all part of the progressive history.

Also I read about Walter Mondale and his brother Lester signing the Humanist Manifesto.

I read about these things and wanted to refresh my mind but some how in the 3rd edition it was omitted or edited out.