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An American chronology
Bornstein, Jerry.
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New York : Neal-Schuman, [2000]

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xi, 303 pages ; 28 cm
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A recapturing of American milestones of the 19th and 20th centuries, laid out in subject chronologies. There are separate chronologies for all 50 states, covering wars, political and social movements, cultural pastimes, aviation and rail accidents, and weather disasters.

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During his 15 years at the NBC News Reference Library, Bornstein was frequently asked to assemble chronologies. He has used the resources and knowledge he acquired on the job to compile a new reference source on American history. Some 119 lists are arranged in several parts, covering key events in national and state history, politics, and the military, as well as major disasters. The final section, "Notably American," details award winners, Miss Americas, sports championships, and other claims to fame. Depending upon the list, a typical entry can be from one sentence to a paragraph in length. Sources for the information are provided and include such standard titles as Facts about the States, World Almanac and Book of Facts, and World Book. Rounding out the volume are a bibliography and two indexes, one by subject and one by name. The subject and names indexes are generally well organized; however, while the subject index has an entry scandals, political and a subentry Clinton/Lewinsky, there is no entry for Monica Lewinsky in the name index. There are a number of other recent U.S. chronologies, including The American Years (Scribner, 1999), the lavishly illustrated Chronicle of America (DK, 1997), and the most comprehensive of all, the Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (10th ed., HarperCollins, 1997). Each covers a diverse range of topics such as history, sports, politics, crime, science, religion, business, the arts, and fashions. Bornstein's book has some unique features, including the chronologies of the history of each state, and is recommended for libraries wanting to add another year-by-year outline of aspects of American life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Part 1 National Highlights--Prehistoric to the Presentp. 1
Part 2 Forming the Nationp. 15
U.S. Constitution Chronologyp. 15
U.S. Census Chronologyp. 17
Chronology of American Territorial Expansionp. 18
Key Contributions from the Melting Potp. 18
Native Americansp. 18
African Americansp. 20
European Americansp. 24
Jewish Americansp. 25
Hispanic Americansp. 26
Asian Americansp. 28
Gay Americansp. 30
Major Speeches in U.S. Historyp. 33
Landmark Supreme Court Decisionsp. 34
Part 3 The Statesp. 37
Statehood Chronologyp. 37
History of the Statesp. 38
Alabamap. 38
Alaskap. 39
Arizonap. 39
Arkansasp. 40
Californiap. 40
Coloradop. 41
Connecticutp. 42
Delawarep. 42
Floridap. 43
Georgiap. 44
Hawaiip. 45
Idahop. 45
Illinoisp. 46
Indianap. 47
Iowap. 47
Kansasp. 48
Kentuckyp. 49
Louisianap. 50
Mainep. 51
Marylandp. 51
Massachusettsp. 52
Michiganp. 53
Minnesotap. 55
Mississippip. 55
Missourip. 56
Montanap. 58
Nebraskap. 58
Nevadap. 59
New Hampshirep. 60
New Jerseyp. 60
New Mexicop. 62
New Yorkp. 62
North Carolinap. 64
North Dakotap. 65
Ohiop. 66
Oklahomap. 67
Oregonp. 68
Pennsylvaniap. 69
Rhode Islandp. 70
South Carolinap. 70
South Dakotap. 71
Tennesseep. 72
Texasp. 73
Utahp. 74
Vermontp. 75
Virginiap. 76
Washingtonp. 77
West Virginiap. 78
Wisconsinp. 78
Wyomingp. 79
Washington, D.C.p. 79
Part 4 Politics and Presidentsp. 81
Politicsp. 81
National Political Conventionsp. 81
Platform Fights at National Political Conventionsp. 84
Political Firsts for Women at Major U.S. Party Conventionsp. 84
Presidentsp. 87
Presidents of the U.S.p. 87
Biographical Chronologies of the Presidentsp. 89
Presidential Inaugurationsp. 112
Non-Majority Presidentsp. 120
Failed Presidential Reelection Attemptsp. 122
Presidents Denied Renominationp. 122
Presidential Runner-Upsp. 122
Vice Presidents of the U.S.p. 123
Presidential Impeachmentsp. 125
Political and Presidential Assassinations and Attempted Assassinationsp. 127
Part 5 The Armed Forces, Wars, and Military Interventionsp. 129
Armed Forcesp. 129
U.S. Armyp. 129
U.S. Navyp. 130
U.S. Marine Corpsp. 130
U.S. Coast Guardp. 131
U.S. Air Forcep. 132
Women in the Militaryp. 132
Blacks in the Militaryp. 133
Wars and Military Interventionsp. 134
American Wars Chronologyp. 134
Revolutionary Warp. 134
War of 1812p. 135
Mexican Warp. 136
Civil Warp. 137
Spanish-American Warp. 138
World War Ip. 139
World War IIp. 141
Korean Warp. 144
Vietnam Warp. 145
Persian Gulf Warp. 149
Major U.S. Military Interventionsp. 150
Part 6 Natural Disasters and Human-Made Accidents and Incidentsp. 153
Natural Disastersp. 153
Blizzardsp. 153
Earthquakesp. 153
Firesp. 154
Floodsp. 154
Hurricanesp. 155
Tornadoesp. 156
Accidents and Incidentsp. 157
Worst U.S. Disastersp. 157
American Aviation Disastersp. 158
Aviation Hijackingsp. 160
Nuclear Accidentsp. 161
Railroad Accidentsp. 161
Space Accidentsp. 161
Terrorist Incidentsp. 162
Part 7 Notably Americanp. 165
Prize Winnersp. 165
Pulitzer Prizesp. 165
Newbery Medalp. 193
Caldecott Medalp. 195
Spingarn Medalp. 196
Academy Awardsp. 198
Tony Awardsp. 208
Emmy Awardsp. 215
Grammy Awardsp. 223
Miss Americap. 225
First and Famous Television Datesp. 226
Milestones in Space Explorationp. 234
Sports Championshipsp. 236
Baseballp. 236
Basketballp. 246
Footballp. 248
Golfp. 251
Hockeyp. 258
Horse Racingp. 261
Tennisp. 269
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 275