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Title:
The Facts on File history of the American people
Author:
Scott, John Anthony, 1916-2010.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 1990.
Physical Description:
213 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A complete history of the United States, from the first settlers up to the period following the conflict in Vietnam, with special attention given to original sources.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816017393
Format :
Book

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A complete history of the United States, from the first settlers up to the period following the conflict in Vietnam, with special attention given to original sources.


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Booklist Review

There's little question that Scott, a teacher and prolific author, presents American history with a flair. His genial discussion, which goes all the way back to the hunter-gatherer peoples who roamed America 40,000 years ago, is both lively and approachable. While he obviously concentrates on the large picture rather than history's fine detail, he has contributed a respectable overview through the time of the Vietnam conflict. However, he whizzes through America's last 15 years with barely a pause: there's nothing about events during the presidencies of Carter, Reagan, or Bush. Scott, of course, can conclude matters where he wishes, but to end as he does here makes the title of his book misleading--and students looking for more recent history have a right to be miffed. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout; there is no documentation, but an extensive bibliography is appended, as is an index. Gr. 7-10. --Stephanie Zvirin


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-- Scott successfully recounts the history of the U. S. from the ``Wanderers and Settlers'' of the age of the Amerindians to the present-day nuclear age without eliminating or glossing over the dramatic sweep and grandeur of our nation's history. Major themes, personalities, and events are presented in a lively, highly readable, and almost novellike narrative that includes appropriate quotations from original sources, accompanied by captioned period illustrations, maps, and songs. Especially effective is Scott's inclusion of spreads that focus upon specific movements, people, and happenings; these extras help to give readers a better understanding of underlying historical motifs and forces in the American experience. Scott's interpretations are traditional and based upon his overall assumption that ``from the beginning this nation has struggled to define the meaning in its founding creed: that people possess an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'' While a lack of notes makes identification of sources difficult, Scott's title is fascinating reading. It will be an excellent reference source. --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.