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The early republic and antebellum America

Corporate Author: Sharpe Online Reference.
Other Authors: Bates, Christopher G.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe//Online Reference, 2010
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Review by Choice Review

This four-volume encyclopedia explores topics from the end of the American Revolution to the eve of the Civil War and serves as a partial update to the excellent Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Paul Finkelman (CH, Jun'01, 38-5348). With over 400 entries on topics with titles such as "Furniture and Furnishings," "William Walker," "Agriculture," and "Marriage and Divorce," Bates and contributors provide a broad scope of entries. Some subjects, such as popular sovereignty, lack an entry but are included in the glossary. The index indicates 14 entries referencing this solution for westward expansion. For broad topics, such as women, multiple entries are divided into more specific ones, e.g., "Women, Working-Class." In addition to standard signed and referenced encyclopedia entries, this work includes ten chronologies on themes with titles such as "Expansion and Exploration" and "African Americans." The last volume features both an extensive index and 100-plus primary sources. All of these components make this encyclopedia a useful resource for undergraduates. This set is also available online via Sharpe Online Reference (CH, Apr'10, 47-4197). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates. S. E. Morris University of Kansas

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Review by Library Journal Review

This four-volume set is the only encyclopedia of American history to focus exclusively on the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War, starting with the signing of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and ending with the firing upon Fort Sumter by Confederate troops in 1861. Editor Bates (California State Polytechnic Univ.) has chosen an interdisciplinary scope for this work, including not only articles on major historical events and personages during these formative years in the history of the United States but also entries on fine arts, popular culture, and social changes. The encyclopedia begins with longer essays on politics, economics, and foreign affairs, plus a useful piece describing significant events leading up to the Civil War. In addition to almost 500 signed articles, it also features 85 pages of primary documents, a dozen chronologies on specific topics, a topic finder for students, and a glossary. BOTTOM LINE While articles vary in length, quantity of detail, and depth of coverage, this encyclopedia's scope is distinctive. Its accessible language and plain writing style make it appropriate for high school, academic, and larger public libraries. Recommended, budget allowing.-Martha Hardy, Metropolitan State Univ. Lib., St. Paul (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, the hundreds of signed articles in these volumes examine American history and culture during the years 1781-1861. Four introductory essays consider "Politics and Political Culture," "Economy and Economic Policy," "Foreign Affairs," and "The Road to Civil War," while A-Z entries survey an array of topics from historic events, treaties, and elections to industries, laws, and the states. Biographical entries are also included, along with an examination of cultural topics such as sports, spas, and alcohol and temperance. All entries are cross-referenced and include suggestions for further research. Throughout the volumes, sidebars, charts, and black-and-white maps and reproductions of photos, advertisements, paintings, and broadsides add useful information. The more than 80 pages of documents in volume four reflect the variety of political, economic, and social entries, and the 10 chronologies cover such topics as slavery, territorial expansion, economics, Native Americans, and religion. An extensive glossary and bibliography complete the set. Excellent organization, a detailed table of contents and index, a list of sidebars, and a topic finder make this set particularly user friendly. However, it should be noted that Abraham Lincoln was never a United States senator and in the accounts of the May 1856 beating of United States Senator Charles Sumner, contributors disagree about the kinship between Representative Preston Brooks and Senator Andrew Butler. Still, this solid resource supports U.S. history standards for high school students, making it a particularly valuable addition. A digital version is available through Sharpe Online Reference.-Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.