The study of history is essential
to understand the present with an eye to the future. From a few scattered
settlements in the New World, the U.S. has become a world power today.
What were the forces and events responsible for this transformation?
Who were the people involved in shaping the destiny of our great country?
How many of us are aware that the U.S.A. has given the world
one of its first modern Democratic institutions?
In this study, which stretches
from the Discovery of America to the 20th century, the attempt has been
to make the students understand their past. The major landmarks in American
history, namely, the War of Independence, the Civil War, the Reconstruction
period, the Depression, the 2 World Wars have been dealt with in detail.
The major events are illustrated with relevant maps and visuals.
We are aware that no single book
or text can do justice to a history as vast and dynamic as that of the
United States. In the present work, we have tried to generate the student’s
interest in their country’s glorious past. Moreover, this study, will
help scholars and lay persons alike in learning about and preparing papers
on the chief events that shaped and changed the history of this nation,
a nation which has surpassed the world in every sphere, be it in science
and technology or the arts. Her Universities still attract hundreds of
thousands of students from all over the world. And still many come to
her in search of the ’American way of life.’