Dictionary of American History, 3rd Edition

  • Editor: Stanley I. Kutler
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  • ISBN-10: 0684314150
  • ISBN-13: 9780684314150
  • DDC: 973.03
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 5539 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released December 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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The third edition of the Dictionary Of America History (Stanley I. Kutler, ed. in chief) is the first comprehensive revision of the classic Scribner reference source, originally published in 1940. Entries from previous editions have been updated and revised in light of historical developments and current scholarship, and over 800 entirely new entries have been commissioned to cover recent events ("Bush v. Gore") and topics neglected by previous editions ("Harlem Renaissance"). For the first time, illustrations and maps will be incorporated into the main body of the work, illuminating the text of the Dictionary and thereby enriching the reader's experience. This work will serve students, scholars, and the interested general reader in search of a quick and authoritative reference covering a wide range of topics in American history---from the well-studied ("Louisiana Purchase") to the obscure ("Camels in the West"). This ten-volume set contains more than 4,400 A-Z articles, ranging in length from 100 to 8,000 words, and approximately 1,500 illustrations and 300 maps.



  • Stanley I. Kutler

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    ISBN-10: 0684805332 | ISBN-13: 9780684805337


"Gr 9 up — This updated version of a standard reference tool is a vast improvement over the 1976 edition. The set is now illustrated with more than 1200 black-and-white photos and 250 maps. Equal attention is given to America¿s diverse population and various socioeconomic classes. The volume of period maps and primary-source documents is completely new, while the index volume now includes a somewhat brief guide to historical writing. Throughout, the entries include specifically American topics as well as broader subjects as they apply to the U.S." -- School Library Journal (June 2003)

— School Library Journal

"Reborn after 27 years, the third edition of this classic reference work, like all works of historical scholarship, reflects the time of its writing as well as the nature of its subject. This edition places increased emphasis on social, cultural, and demographic topics, and it is characterized by diversity and inclusiveness. It retains coverage of political, military, and economic developments in American history. Like preceding editions, it does not include biographical entries, though major historical figures may be traced by means of the index. Researchers seeking a biographical approach may consult Dictionary of American Biography (20v., 1928-37) and its supplements or the newer American National Biography (CH, Sep'99). Of the 4,434 entries in this edition, many have been substantially revised or replaced and 841 new articles added on such topics as African American studies, creationism, and sexual orientation. Bibliographies have been updated. This is the first edition to offer illustrations (more than 1,200 photographs and 252 maps) to enhance its utility and appeal. The text is liberally supplemented with hundreds of cross-references. Volume 10 contains a massive index and "Guide to Research and Learning," which allows the Dictionary to be used as an American history textbook supplement and teaching tool. It is well worth the price. Summing Up: Essential. All libraries." -- Choice (July/August 2003)

— Choice

"This set is immensely more valuable than a quick interpretation of its title would indicate. We'd expect political history, people, documents, movements, wars and the like, but then you run on to articles about oranges, chemistry, conservation, Creoles, corn and Catholicism -- and you start to realize that the set has a much larger scope than students and teachers are likely to expect. Each article in the set is signed, is at the high school reading level, varies in length from several paragraphs to several pages, has black-and-white illustrations, maps and charts, and contains a bibliography. If you have the first edition and it was well-used, you will certainly want to update the set. But, the question is, how to get it into the hands of users? We have a suggestion: For the first month of acquisition, put the set where social studies teachers gather. It will become appreciated after several viewings and it could then take a place where science teachers gather. You must get this set first accepted by teachers (who will have no idea you had such great resources), and then by the students who will be referred to it by their teachers. We recommend the set for thorough coverage -- excellent scholarship, a brief introduction to hundreds of topics, and a just plain good place to begin. Highly recommended for high school libraries." -- Blanche Woolls and David Loertscher's online Reference for Students (March 2003)

— Reference Reviews on gale.com

"For 60 years, the Dictionary of American History (DAH) has been the unrivaled source of choice for information about the U.S. from its precolonial days on. ... For the DAH this [revision] means shedding the vestiges of the political and military emphasis of its 1940 first edition and thoroughly incorporating analytical filters such as race, gender, ethnicity, and class in making sense of the American story. It also means a more synthetic approach. While retaining its alphabetical organization running from the first volume through the eighth... [and] it has helpfully introduced maps and illustrations as well as an �archival� [ninth] volume. This supplement consists of maps accompanied by commentary... [and] transcriptions of primary documents. ... In the dictionary itself readers will find the same sort of informative articles they have come to expect, including articles on topics they now assume will be covered. ... Even brief entries, such as the one on home-shopping networks, conclude with an up-to-date bibliography and see also references to related articles. An extensive alphabetical index (tenth volume) offers access to these riches. A complementary access tool, a guide to eras of American history, correlates relevant chapters in several very recent textbooks with lists of articles in the dictionary. ... Libraries cannot go wrong with [this] reference distillation of centuries of American history." -- Bookist (May 2003)

— Booklist

" Although history does not technically change, the interpretations and analysis of history is often changing. This 10-volume work reflects those changes within the last 25 years. This set provides 4,434 entries pertaining to American history. Some 1,785 articles have been retained from the original or 2d edition; 448 articles have been revised significantly; 1,360 articles have replaced the original articles from the 1st and 2d editions; and 841 articles are completely new to this edition. The set has also changed significantly with the inclusion of 1,200 photographs and 252 maps; the 1st and 2d editions did not contain either. .... Volumes 1-8 provide an alphabetic listing of key events, while volume 9 offers primary documents and archival maps and volume 10 offers a research guide and index to the set. Each article runs several paragraphs to several pages in length and each have a bibliography and see also references. All articles are signed by the contributor. Because this set has been completely revised and updated, those libraries that own the 2d edition will need to purchase this updated 3d edition." -- ARBA (January 2003)


"The new set is 20 percent larger than the 1976 version, is illustrated for the first time with some 1,200 photos and 252 maps, and employs more cross-referencing. ... The revision was begun in 1996 and the resulting work still offers excellent overviews of the history of abortion, assassinations, the Ashcan School, urbanization, and American Presidential elections; new categories include such modern topics as Transplants and Organ Donation , Kwanza, DVDs, and the World Trade Center. One can read a superb essay by Mark T. Berger on the UN�s changing place in the world or Carol F. Karlsen�s survey of witchcraft.... While reflecting an expansion in the idea of what and who history now includes, this venerable work as been respectfully updated by editor Kutler. Combining accuracy with literary verve, this new edition is very much in the spirit of its superb predecessors and is highly recommended for libraries needing a solid American history collection." -- Library Journal (May 2003)

— Library Journal