A Compilation Unparalleled in Scope and AuthorityFacts On File's 11-volume Encyclopedia of American History is the most comprehensive work of its kind. It spans the entire breadth of American history from prehistoric times to the modern day, offering a balanced presentation of the political, social, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the land and the nation. Each volume editor is a distinguished scholar of American history who has drawn upon the expertise of scores of specialists in writing individual, signed entries of outstanding quality.Patterned after the National Standards for United States History This groundbreaking set is the ideal source of information for students, teachers, and librarians. From the settling of the land approximately 30,000 years ago to the tumultuous present day, this authoritative work provides the broadest coverage of American history in one set. The first 10 thoroughly researched volumes are arranged chronologically in accordance with the National Standards for United States History. The 11th volume contains the comprehensive set index.Content That is Clear and Easy to UnderstandWritten in accessible language to facilitate students' understanding of each era, the easy-to-read text is enhanced by 750 photographs and 200 maps. Detailed entries cover key events, movements, historical figures, trends, and political developments that define each particular era in American history. Addressing the need for historical literacy, the set is truly inclusive, casting a wide historical net across topics and eras and comprising many lesser-known but still influential figures and events.Key Features That Enhance the Set's Reference Value Accessible text and more than 3,300 detailed, fully cross-referenced entries Biographies of significant Americans in each era A further reading section at the end of many of the signed entries Approximately 950 illustrations, including maps, photographs, cartoons, and advertisements, that visually document each era Topical entries in each volume on related subjects such as art and architecture, business, economy, literature, and science and technology A chronology and bibliography at the end of each volume An appendix in each volume that contains excerpts of key documents of the era Individual volume indexes A comprehensive set index. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of American History All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.