The Handy American History Answer Book

by David L Hudson, Jr.
Handy American History

a Q&A book that puts to rest all those things that make you say, “Hmm ….”

Bookworm Sez

... wonderful compendium of facts, figures, and personalities … fascinating look at critical events and personalities ... both revealing and well written. ... many engaging stories based upon the real life experiences of men, women, and children who have woven the very fabric of the America story.

Children's Literature

… the writing style makes it much more interesting than the average textbook. Students and history lovers alike will enjoy this Handy American History Answer Book.

Christian Library Journal

Starred Review. … divides American history into easy-to-understand parts that mirror how the subject is taught … students, general users will find it useful … suitable for both the ready reference and the circulating sections of public libraries.

Library Journal

… succeeds as a history reference for school projects.

School Library Journal

Explaining where the country is today, this handy primer is ... an ideal reference.

The Making of an Indivisible Nation Native Americans, the English colonies, slavery, the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights begin the journey and lay the foundation for the United States of today. The impact of the Civil War, the discovery of gold in California, the inventions, the political and economic crises, and the technology transforming modern culture today have all left their marks on contemporary America.

During these fast-moving times, understanding American history and our past is more important than ever. From Washington to the microchip, Columbus to modern terrorist threats, the Anasazi to the iPhone, The Handy American History Answer Book traces the development of the nation. It takes a walk through the economic, political, social, and technological forces, as well as the military conflicts, turbulent events, powerful leaders, and pivotal moments that created, changed, and built the United States of America. It explains the impact of the biggest events, the wars, the presidents, lesser-known personalities and figures, sports, music, and much more.

Did the Europeans introduce anything besides disease to the Americas? Who said “Give me liberty or give me death”? What were the Lincoln–Douglas debates? Was a golden spike really used to finish the Transcontinental Railroad? Was the U.S. mainland attacked during World War II? What was Reaganomics? Who founded YouTube?

About David L Hudson, Jr.

David L Hudson, Jr. David L. Hudson, Jr., J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Law, teaching First Amendment Law and Bar Exam Workshop at Belmont University’s College of Law. For 17 years, he was an attorney and scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hudson also has taught classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law, and he served as a senior law clerk for the Tennessee Supreme Court. In June 2018, the Nashville School of Law awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He is an author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 books, including Visible Ink Press’s The Handy Law Answer Book, The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book, and The Handy American History Answer Book, as well as Let the Students Speak: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools and The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (co-editor). He writes regularly for the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases and ABA Journal, and the First Amendment Watch, and the Free Speech Center. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

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