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Access to History: An Introduction to American History 1860-1990

By | Copyright Year:2002 | ISBN-13: 9780340803264

This title introduces the major political and social themes of this period of American history in an accessible and progressive way.

The Access to History Context series covers core periods of European and American history.

Each book covers a period of at least one hundred years, charting the key political, social, economic, religious and cultural themes and issues of that time.

All texts include activities with comprehensive advice on tackling essay questions.


The causes of the American Civil War
The American Civil War and Reconstruction
The USA: 1900-41
American Foreign Policy, 1914-45
Twentieth-Century Race Relations
The Cold War (1945-1990)
The United States and Vietnam
Domestic Politics: 1945-1990


Alan Farmer is a widely published academic on modern American, European and British history. He taught history to students of all ages for all his working life. He was Head of History at the University of Cumbria until retiring in 2006.

Vivienne Saunders is an experienced A-Level teacher and author, specialising in American History.


carefully structured activities

historiographical biography boxes

'points to consider' sections

'key issues' boxes

a variety of primary sources and document extracts