The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century, Student Edition

The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century, Student Edition

Larry S. Krieger

Language: English

Pages: 1152

ISBN: 0618689877

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Book for grades 9-12

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Historical Perspective C Why did many Americans initially settle in Texas? MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE AND TEXAN LAND GRANTS The mission system used by Spain declined after Mexico had won independence from Spain in 1821. After freeing the missions from Spanish control, the Mexican government offered the surrounding lands to government officials and ranchers. To make the land more secure and stable, the Mexican government also encouraged Americans to settle in Texas. Many Americans rushed at the chance

grazing, as well as a 10-year exemption from paying taxes. “I am convinced,” Austin said, “that I could take on fifteen hundred families as easily as three hundred if permitted to do so.” By 1830, there were more than 20,000 Americans in Texas. THE TEXAS REVOLUTION Despite peaceful cooperation between Anglos and Tejanos, differences over cultural issues intensified between Anglos and the Mexican government. The overwhelmingly Protestant Anglo settlers spoke English instead of Spanish. Furthermore,

10 Grid lines make reading the graph much easier. 196 0 195 5 195 0 194 5 194 0 5 1. In which year did the unemployment rate hit its peak? A 1930 B 1935 C 1945 D 1950 Percentage of Homes Owned and Rented, 1940–1980 70 60 The G.I. Bill of Rights, passed in 1944, provided veterans with low-interest housing loans. This enabled many Americans to become homeowners. 50 Percentage Carefully read and answer the questions. Note if questions refer to a specific year or time period, or if they

the decisions and published opinions of state and federal appeals courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Constitutional Insight Amendment 9 Do you have a right to privacy? Until 1965, no such right had ever been explicitly stated by the courts. That year, in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court said there is an implied right of American citizens to make certain personal choices without interference from the government; this case concerned the right to use birth control. Years later,

attitude toward the national bank Thomas Jefferson Event Significance James Madison Event Significance •James Monroe •Monroe Doctrine 4. EVALUATING Why was the War of 1812 a turning point for the early United States? 5. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS How did the Monroe Doctrine assert American nationalism? James Monroe Event Significance REVIEW UNIT 117 MARBURY v. MADISON (1803) ORIGINS OF THE CASE A few days before Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration, outgoing president John Adams appointed William

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