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The American years
Gross, Ernie.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xiii, 902 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The American years / Ernie Gross. c1999.
v. 1. The colonial era to 1900 -- v. 2. 1901 to 2002.


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E174.5 .G753 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
E174.5 .G753 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This fully revised and expanded edition provides year-by-year coverage of events in American history, covering such things as international events; business and industry; transportation; science and medicine; arts and music; literature and journalism; religion; and many other topics. This second edition includes events through 2002; 24 overview essays covering key events and themes; 55 primary source documents; sidebars spotlighting biographic and demographic information; approximately 400 new images; and much more.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

General worldwide and subject specific chronologies seem to abound in the pages of Reference Books Bulletin, but, strange as it seems, there have been few one-volume entries for plain old U.S. history. One of the best, now in its tenth edition, is The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (HarperCollins, 1997), by Gorton Carruth. The most recent entry in the field is this one-volume chronology from the reputable Scribner. Its purpose, as the author states, "is an effort to give an overview of life in the United States since it became an independent nation." The time period from 1776 to 1997 is this volume's main preoccupation. A beginning chapter, "Colonial History: A Brief Overview," covers prior U.S. history in a very general way. Each year of the chronology beginning with 1776 is divided into eight sections: "International," "National," "Business/Industry/Inventions," "Science/Medicine," "Education," "Religion," "Literature/Journalism," and "Miscellaneous." Brief paragraphs or other subdivisions follow, giving descriptions of major events. As the chronology approaches more recent times, the sections are expanded to include coverage of art and music, sports, and entertainment. A detailed and comprehensive index enhances the volume's usefulness. Names, places, books, songs, plays, television programs, congressional acts, and poems are among the index entries. The book is nicely illustrated. As chronologies go, this is a fairly standard tool. The major events of each year are included but not listed day-by-day, as they are in The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. That work is more comprehensive, covering 1,000 years of American history. On the other hand, The American Years has illustrations and a format that students, in particular, may find easier to use. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries, especially those that do not already own The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-An easy-to-use chronology that examines different aspects of life in the U.S. and identifies trends. For each year from 1776 to 1997, events and developments in most or all of the following categories are noted: international, national, transportation, religion, entertainment, education, arts/music, sports, business/industry/inventions, science/medicine, and literature/journalism. A list of the abbreviations used is provided. Copious black-and-white photographs and reproductions illustrate the volume. However, the jewel of the book is the 140-page index. Everything is included-songs, illustrations, books, movies, and legal decisions. A useful, accessible book for researchers and the curious alike.-Marsha S. Holden, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A straightforward chronology, Gross's work highlights important events for each year in US history, 1776-1997, under standard headings: International, National, Business/Industry/Inventions, Transportation, Science/Medicine, Education, Religion, Art/Music, Literature/Journalism, Entertainment, Sports, and Miscellaneous. A brief opening chapter on colonial history covers the period from Spanish exploration to Lexington and Concord. Illustrations and a spacious format avoid the dense appearance common to chronologies, and a useful index covers proper names and topics. Admittedly telegraphic in style, this book does not discuss events as satisfactorily as Encyclopedia of American History, ed. by Richard B. Morris and Jeffrey B. Morris (7th ed., 1996), or Gorton Carruth's The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (8th ed., 1987). College and university libraries that hold either of the earlier books will not need this one; it is attractively designed for younger students and seems best suited for middle and high school libraries. J. W. Barnes; Shepherd College