Issues & Controversies in American History

Comprehensive Coverage of the Key Issues and Great Debates in U.S. History
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    With Issues & Controversies in American History, history comes to life, not as a mere recitation of names and dates but as a series of turning points where the future hung in the balance and opinions raged on all sides. This accessible educational database delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage that provides the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in American history. All articles feature multiple primary sources, essential to understanding our nation’s past. In addition, all articles have been indexed to key subjects such as immigration, politics and government, race and civil rights, religion, war and military, and more.

    Special, enhanced articles are introduced by an exciting, original three-minute video that gives essential visual context to the issue and controversy covered by the article. These enhanced articles include additional educator support material such as an overview of the topic, learning objectives, activity handouts, and self-assessment quizzes—all tools for applying the issues and debate topics to class lessons in a meaningful and contextualized way. Selected articles feature a special “What if?” section that suggests what could have happened had Americans chosen differently. This database is the perfect companion to Issues & Controversies and American History.

    Highlights:

    • Focused Presentation: Articles in Issues & Controversies in American History are divided into 10 major time periods, from the precolonial era to the present: Beginnings to 1606: Three Worlds Meet, 1607–1760: Colonization and Settlement; 1761–1812: Revolution and New Nation; 1813–1855: Expansion and Reform; 1856–1869: Civil War and Reconstruction; 1870–1899: Industrialization and the Gilded Age; 1900–1928: Progressivism and the Emergence of Modern America; 1929–1945: The Great Depression and World War II; 1946–1971: Postwar and Civil Rights Era; and 1972–Present: Contemporary Era. The articles are also searchable by subject.
    • Balanced Articles: Each article in Issues & Controversies in American History features definitive, unbiased treatment providing clear pro and con arguments on hundreds of controversies in U.S. history, each amply supported by primary sources to enable students to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them. Subjects covered include American Indians; business, labor, and industry; civil liberties; environment; federalism and states’ rights; immigration; slavery; and women and gender.
    • Authoritative Content: All articles in Issues & Controversies in American History are written by historians and experts, based on current scholarship.
    • Specially Created Educator Support Material: Issues & Controversies in American History features an array of valuable educator resources and critical-thinking assets to enhance any lesson or debate prep, such as:
      • Original overview videos that introduce key issues in a clear and dynamic fashion and are perfect discussion starters;
      • Printable handouts that can be downloaded as PDFs and include collaborative projects;
      • “Extend the Lesson” sections that pose counterfactual “What If?” questions, challenging students to think about the issues beyond the scope of the article and to lead in-class debates;
      • Discussion questions and self assessments with answer keys that promote critical thinking and inspire further exploration of every topic;
      • Plus, valuable learning objectives, procedures, and resources.
    • Enhanced Lessons: Selected articles in Issues & Controversies in American History are introduced by an original, three-minute tablet/mobile-friendly video, with additional instructor support materials that feature lesson plans and discussion questions.
    • Rich Related Resources: Issues & Controversies in American History includes more than 1,200 primary source documents, timelines, background articles, biographies, editorial cartoons, and more.
    • Issues & Controversies in American History is essential for undergraduates studying American history, political science, economics, sociology, speech and debate, writing, journalism, and many other subjects.
    • Special Features: Issues & Controversies in American History features three rotating articles on the home page, changing monthly.
    • American Presidential Elections Section: Issues & Controversies in American History’s “American Presidential Elections” section provides background and results of every U.S. presidential election since 1789, including voting statistics, biographies, and links to related topics—perfect for adding context around this year’s election. Users can get valuable context, insight, and understanding of this year’s election by reviewing the stories behind those of years past, including voting statistics, biographies, and links to related topics.

    Features:

    • Original introductory videos specially developed for selected articles—all mobile friendly
    • Bibliographies and websites
    • Background Encyclopedia content
    • Counterfactual “What if?” sections for selected articles
    • Google Translate for 100+ languages
    • Ability to download text articles as PDFs
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Enhanced search technologies, including Search Assist
    • Persistent record links
    • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with EasyBib export functionality
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

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    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, August 2019—Hurricane Katrina

    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Hurricane Katrina: What Was Responsible for the Devastating Flooding of New Orleans? In 2005, flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More ›

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    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: THE HAYMARKET AFFAIR: Were the Eight Accused Defendants Guilty of Murder? During a peaceful labor protest meeting near Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded in the ranks of the police who had been sent to disperse the crowd. Read More ›

    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, April 2019—Mexican-American War

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    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT: Should the Woman Suffrage Movement Adopt Militant Tactics? In the early 20th century, woman suffragists in the United States experienced an intense conflict over political strategy. Read More ›

    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, February 2019—Harlem Renaissance

    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: HARLEM RENAISSANCE: The Blossoming of African-American Culture in the 1920s In Harlem, a largely African-American neighborhood in New York City, a creative explosion of literature, music, and other forms of artistic expression burst on the scene in the 1920s. Read More ›

    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, January 2019—North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (NAFTA): The U.S. Establishes Free Trade with Canada and Mexico In the early 1990s, the United States, Mexico, and Canada negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would remove barriers to trade in goods and services over a 15-year period. Read More ›

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    Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT OF 1965: Congress Ends National Origins Immigration System In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, ending the national origins system established in the 1920s. Read More ›

    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, September 2018—Little Rock Integration Crisis

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    Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, August 2018—Freedom of Speech and World War I

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    Issues & Controversies in American History: Plan Your Academic Year

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