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Access to History: Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal: The USA 1890-1954

By | Copyright Year:2008 | ISBN-13: 9780340965887

This new edition is revised and updated for the new 2008 AS and A2 specifications for AQA and Edexcel. It provides accessible and complete coverage of this period, from the presidential situation in 1890 and the reasons for entering the First World War, to the policies of the New Deal and the impacts of the Second World War. It charts the changing optimism of the time, from the apparent economic stability of the 1920s, the devastation of the Depression, to the optimism under Roosevelt’s presidency.

Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips written by examiners for each specification provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.


Chapter 1 - A Changing Nation
Historical Background
The Political System
The USA 1890-1920
The Growth of Big Business and its Impact on the USA
New Immigration
The Populist Movement and Political Protest
Growth of Empire
Progressivism and the Progressive Presidents
US Entry into the First World War
Study Guide
Chapter 2 - Problems and Tensions in the USA 1917-28
A Changing Society
The Presidency of Warren Harding
Tensions in Society
Religion and Morality
The Old Versus the New
Study Guide
Chapter 3 - Prosperity?
The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge
The Boom Years
Reasons for Prosperity
Problems in the Economy
The Strength of the Economy
Study Guide
Chapter 4 - The Collapse of the Wall Street Stock Market, October 1929
The Wall Street Crash
Causes of the Wall Street Crash
Effects of the Wall Street Crash
Study Guide
Chapter 5 - President Hoover and the Great Depression
Herbert Hoover: His Background and Beliefs
The USA During the Great Depression
Why the Depression Lasted So Long
Federal Government Policies
The 1932 Presidential Election
President Hoover: an Epitaph
The Key Debate
Study Guide
Chapter 6 - Roosevelt and the First New Deal 1933-4
Beginnings of Roosevelt's Presidency
The First 100 Days and the First New Deal
Alternatives to the New Deal
The Character of the First New Deal
Study Guide
Chapter 7 - Roosevelt and the Later New Deals 1935-9
The Second New Deal
The 1936 Presidential Election
Problems in the Second Term
The Later New Deal
The End of the New Deal
Study Guide
Chapter 8 - American Foreign Policy 1920-41
US Foreign Policy in the 1920s
Roosevelt's Foreign Policies 1933-9
US Response to the European War
Road to Pearl Harbour
US Foreign Policy: An Overview
Study Guide
Chapter 9 - The New Deal in Retrospect
Relief, Recovery and Reform
Race and Gender
Impact of the Second World War on the USA
Political Legacy of the New Deal
The Key Debate
Study Guide
Chapter 10 - The USA and the Fear of Communism
Postwar Prosperity
Foreign Policy 1945-54
Domestic Responses to Communism
Study Guide


Revised edition for the requirements of the 2008 AQA and Edexcel AS and A2 specifications.

Study guides written by examiners contain exercises and advice on tackling differentiated exam questions for AS and A2 Level.

Contains the latest historical interpretations of themes and issues.

Features include: points to consider, key issues and key dates.

Features such as key definitions and questions to aid learning.

More support with assessment and exam skills.

Designed to allow greater accessibility to a wide range of AS and A2 students.