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A Basic History of the United States

Publisher: American Textbook Committee
Author: Clarence B. Carson
Review last updated: 2009
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A Basic History of the United States

This series of six books is written at college/adult level, so it is appropriate for very mature students and might be most useful as a reference tool. Carson presents a conservative's view of United States history from 1607 to the present. The role of religion in history is discussed yet this is not an obviously Christian series until you reach the sixth book.

Carson writes in a more entertaining literary style than is generally found in history texts. He also includes much background information to enhance understanding of events. This really is more comprehensive and accurate (at least from my point of view) history than you will find in other textbooks.

The sixth book, written after the other five to bring the series up to the present, is especially interesting since it is less objective than the others. Carson introduces worldview conflicts in the second chapter, "The Philosophic and Religious Divide." The viewpoint is clearly conservative, constitutional, and Christian as he continues with chapters such as "The Debacle of the Welfare State," "Conservatives and Liberals...," "The Collapse of Communism," and "Political Gridlock III-Clinton's Tailspin."

A teacher's guide contains summaries, points to emphasize, discussion questions, lists of people and terms to identify, and activity suggestions that can be used at the teacher's discretion.

Titles for the six volumes are: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1774, The Beginning of the Republic, 1775-1825, The Sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877, The Growth of America, 1878-1928, The Welfare State, 1929-1985, 2nd Edition, and America: From Gridlock to Deadlock.

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  • Colonial Experience 1607-1774 (Volume 1)

    Colonial Experience 1607-1774 (Volume 1)

    A BASIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (A TEACHER'S GUIDE)

    A BASIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (A TEACHER

    CLARENCE B. CARSON

      The Beginning of the Republic: 1775-1825 (A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 2)

      The Beginning of the Republic: 1775-1825 (A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 2)

      Clarence B. Carson

      Welfare State 1929-1985 (Volume 5)

      Welfare State 1929-1985 (Volume 5)

      Clarence B. Carson

      A Basic History of the United States, Volume 4: The Growth of America, 1878-1928

      A Basic History of the United States, Volume 4: The Growth of America, 1878-1928

      Clarence B. Carson

      A Basic History of the United States (Vol.3): the Sections and the Civil War 1826-1877

      A Basic History of the United States (Vol.3): the Sections and the Civil War 1826-1877

      Clarence B. Carson

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      • Suitable for: independent study and group reading
        Audience: grades 11 and up
        Need for parent/teacher instruction: moderate
        Prep time needed: parent needs to be familiar with which sections to assign
        Teacher's manual: useful but not essential
        Religious perspective:  secular in all but the last volume which is clearly Christian

      Publisher's Info

      • American Textbook Committee

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        Alexander City, Alabama 35010

        (334) 298-8784
        email: Byron_Mallory (at) hotmail (dot) com
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