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The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.
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This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past - from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day.

While American history spans not much more than two centuries, it is filled with a wealth of leaders, wars, movements, inventions, and ideas - each of which contributed in its own unique way to America's transformation from 13 disparate colonies on the east coast of North America into a global superpower.

These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

The lectures chart the five predominant themes that run throughout the chronicle of U.S. history:

  • The American passion for freedom-including religious, political, and economic freedom.
  • The pursuit of education, which has been the quintessential way for Americans to invent (and reinvent) themselves.
  • The unquestioned faith in the value of popular government.
  • The willingness of Americans to experiment with and adapt to new environments and situations.
  • The belief that the United States is a "city on the hill," a country the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Placing familiar historical events in the context of these overarching themes will help you see American history less as a series of separate events and more as a mosaic in which everything is interconnected.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

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    B Richmond, VA, United States 10-23-13
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    What made the experience of listening to The History of the United States, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    Not sure what problems the other reviewer had but this audio book is broken up and has all the same breaks as every other Audible book I have ever purchased. On my iPhone app it is broken up into 7 downloadable parts and each lecture is its own separate chapter. So yeah, definitely has intermediate breaks


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sumner SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 01-24-14
    Sumner SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great highlights to US History for beginners"
    What made the experience of listening to The History of the United States, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    You can tell that the narrators are knowledgeable about their topics and seem to be unscripted.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    you can tell when they were really digging into details of a particular event.


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    Definitely a great program to obtain if you are wanting a good intro into US History thats not boring or excessive. The 30 minute lectures are great for commuting to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 12-03-13
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    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Everything You Need to Know about US History"

    I have always heard of the formation of the United States, slavery, the Constitution, the Civil War, the reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars from the perspective of the United States. This book takes all of those, plus everything in between, and sets it up in an easy to understand framework. If you are a history buff, this is a piece of history you cannot afford to overlook, no matter how much you think you know (or care) about it.

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    Very disappointing. This is 43 hours long, but there are no intermediate stops. If you lose your place after 20 hours, there's no way to get back except to hold down the fast forward for 20 minutes! For that reason, I cannot recommend this.

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    What did you love best about The History of the United States, 2nd Edition?

    I learned a lot that I didn't know -- particularly about Reconstruction.


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    I would like someone else to do the last segments. Not only were there errors, the instructor seemed biased.

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