U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Edition fillsthe need to improve high school proficiency in history by providinga complete history of the United States, presented in anaccessible, reader-friendly format designed to engage studentswhile reinforcing lessons learned in class. The National Assessmentof Educational Progress 2011 report showed that only 12% of highschool seniors in the U.S. perform at a "proficient" level inhistory. This, coupled with the fact that U.S. History courses andAP exams have been redesigned to remedy the situation, means thatmany students and parents are in need of a supplemental studyguide.
Award-winning political journalist and history writer SteveWiegand guides you through the events that shaped our nation, frompre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. Theexplorers, the wars, the leaders, and the eras are all fullyexplored and explained, demonstrating how the past influences thefuture. From the Boston Tea Party to the current Tea Party, theupdated 3rd edition includes information about eventsthat have occurred since the previous edition's 2009 release. Newcoverage includes:Recession recovery, including federal efforts, unemployment,and the widening class divideThe rise of the extreme right and the bitter divisions betweenpolitical parties and geographic regionsSeeking the balance between superpower and domesticcaretakerThe impact of social media, government surveillance, and cybercrime
Not all history is old news, and what happened yesterday affectsus all today. It is vitally important that all U.S. citizens arewell-versed in the building of our nation, and remain aware ofcurrent events. For students and parents wondering what they'vemissed, U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Editionunlocks the door to the past—and the future.
Pop quiz! Who said what about history?
History is . . .
(a) more or less bunk.
(b) a nightmare from which I am trying to awaken.
(c) as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.
Match your answers:
(1) Stephen Daedalus of James Joyce's Ulysses
(2) Henry Ford
(3) Arthur Schopenhauer
It turns out that the answer need not be bunk, nightmarish, or diseased. In the hands of mental_floss, history's most interesting bits have been handpicked and roasted to perfection. Packed with little-known stories and outrageous—but accurate—facts, you'll laugh yourself smarter on this joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization.
Remember: just because it's true doesn't mean it's boring!
Now with Breaking News
"If You Thought the Last Depression Was Great . . ."
Answers: (a) 2 (b) 1 (c) 3