American History

From the explorers of the Americas to the issues of today’s headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.

Database Content Selection and Curation

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Our experienced editorial staff compiles database content from a variety of sources, including ABC-CLIO’s award-winning books, recognized scholars and writers in various fields, educators, and professional development specialists. Our curriculum content includes Topic Essentials video presentations developed with the guidance of master teachers. Our master teachers are at the top of their fields, with decades of combined teaching experience. All content is aligned to state and national standards, including Common Core, American Association of School Librarians, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework.

Some of the materials we present in our Commentaries and other curriculum pieces blend scholarly hypotheses with supporting evidence. They are designed to teach students the art of formulating informed theses and to stimulate discussion of the arguments presented. Our expert authors are asked to craft well-reasoned arguments from their particular points of view. As a result, these pieces can be challenging, even controversial. The opinions represented do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ABC-CLIO staff.

Our databases comprise hundreds of thousands of entries; each piece of content is reviewed by multiple editorial staff to ensure content is age-appropriate to the database it is in (Schools or Academic). In our database coverage, we strive to include the voices, stories, and experiences of a wide diversity of peoples, including the stories of those that have been historically underrepresented.

Objectivity and Review

Objectivity and balance are always of the utmost importance to our staff, both in writing pieces and editing work submitted by contributors. We are guided by our editorial boards and advisers, as well as our own editorial policies and fact-checking procedures. Recognizing that every person has inherent bias, we strive toward creating and curating content that is as factual and as free of bias as possible, and have included bias checks and balances as an essential part of our editorial review.

Content Warnings

As a reference publisher, ABC-CLIO aims to present impartial, scholar-driven content supplemented by full collections of primary sources in their original forms. These sources offer historical context and value in enhancing students' understanding of how modern ideas, beliefs, and societal structures are influenced by our past—including prejudices and biases. Primary sources, as fragments of history, often reflect attitudes and values of individuals in particular time periods. Acknowledging dehumanizing language, for example, can be an important part of understanding historical events.

Some of this content may be upsetting or disturbing to modern readers, but we have avoided censoring such terminology in order to both retain historical accuracy and to offer opportunities for students to make connections between past attitudes and ideas, and their roles in shaping many contemporary issues in American society.

We flag instances of harmful terminology and potentially disturbing images with content warnings and encourage teachers to set guidelines for approaching such content in the classroom, especially where material may be quoted or read out loud.

Translations, Closed Captions, and Transcripts

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The American History Team

Judy Fay, Sr. Director, Digital
Julie Dunbar, Manager, Editorial Development
Nita Lang, Editorial Specialist
Jennifer Hutchinson, Sr. Writer/Editor
Ellen Rasmussen, Sr. Media Editor
Tamara Johnson, Writer/Editor
Sarah Veeck, Writer/Editor

Troy Martin, Vice President, Operations
Susan Basch, Sr. Developer
Chris Martinich, Developer
Eelco Vrolijk, Sr. Developer
Neal Schaefer, Director, Product and Content Management Systems

Master Teachers
Chris Mullin teaches Latin, Advanced Placement European history, and Advanced Placement United States history in Santa Ynez Valley, California, at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. Mullin graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in classical Greek and Latin and received his master's degree in education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been a fellow of the Teachers Network Leadership Institute and a facilitator for the California History-Social Science Project. In addition, he has developed numerous history-related classroom activities that he presented at state and national conferences. In 2003, Mullin was named California Teacher of the Year for his passionate and innovative approaches to teaching history.

Krister Swanson is a teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, located in Thousand Oaks, California. He instructs students in the varied topics of American history, literature, and government, as well as economics. Swanson received his BA in economics and history and his MA in educational administration from California Lutheran University. Additionally, Swanson received his MA and PhD in U.S. history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously taught at Valencia High School, where he was the social studies department chair, and at Arroyo Seco Junior High School, where he was the history department chair. In 2009, he served on the curriculum planning committee for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's Air Force One Discovery Center.

Krista Dornbush is a social studies instructor for the Huntington Beach Union High School District in southern California. Dornbush received her BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MS in instructional design and technology from California State University, Fullerton. Beyond being an instructor, Dornbush also authors educational material for students, including Kaplan's preparation guides for advanced placement U.S. history. She was also coauthor and consultant for McGraw-Hill's ONBoard course in U.S. history, a computer program dedicated to advanced placement studies. In addition, Dornbush is the chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Western Region for the College Board.

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Exploration and Colonization, 1350-1776—National Gallery of Art
Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783—National Archives Yale University Art Gallery
A New Nation, 1776-1800—Corel
Expansion and Reform, 1790-1850—Library of Congress
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840-1877—Everett Historical/Shutterstock
Industrialization and Immigration, 1850-1900—New York Public Library Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California
Gilded Age to World War I, 1870-1920—Bettmann/Getty Images
Great Depression to the New Deal, 1920-1939—Keystone View Company/Archive Photos/istockPhoto.com
World War II and the Cold War Era—National Archives
A Nation in Upheaval, 1954-1975—AGIP/Bridgeman Images
Conservative Agenda to the Clinton Era, 1975-2000—Imagestate Media Partners Limited/Impact Photos/Alamy Stock Photo
Age of Globalization, 2001-Present—AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic