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United States History: 101 (for beginners) – US History Basics (until Civil War) (US History Books – US History for dummies – American History for kids – Introduction to American History)

by Aidin Safavi

If you know nothing or close to nothing about US history, now it’s time to learn! This short guide will teach you and your family about American History until the Civil War!

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The United States of America is one of the largest and probably one of the most dominant nations in the planet. But before the US became what it is today, it started as a small place inhabited and shaped by many people into what it is known for.

This book will take you back to the events that happened and influenced the formation of the United States of America. After all, it is only by learning about its past that anyone can truly understand why this nation is what it is today. This short guide was designed as an introduction for beginners to the rich and fascinating history of the United States of America, from the pre-colonial times until the Civil War.

In a few minutes, you will learn…

  • Chapter 1 – The Pre-Columbian and Colonization Era
  • Chapter 2 – From Colony to Sovereignty: Unraveling the Events in the 18th Century
  • Chapter 3 – The 19th Century: A period of wars and expansions
  • Much, much more!
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    The Gettysburg Campaign: The History and Legacy of the Civil War’s Most Famous Campaign

    by Charles River Editors

    *Includes pictures

    *Includes accounts of the fighting by soldiers and generals on both sides

    *Discusses the controversies surrounding the campaign, such as Stuart’s ride before the battle and who’s to blame for the Confederate loss

    *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

    *Includes a table of contents

    “The failure to crush the Federal army in Pennsylvania in 1863, in the opinion of almost all of the officers of the Army of Northern Virginia, can be expressed in five wordsâ??the absence of the cavalry.” – Confederate General Henry Heth

    “I’ve always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.” – George Pickett

    Without question, the most famous battle of the American Civil War took place outside of the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which happened to be a transportation hub, serving as the center of a wheel with several roads leading out to other Pennsylvanian towns. From July 1-3, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia tried everything in its power to decisively defeat George Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac, unleashing ferocious assaults that inflicted nearly 50,000 casualties in all.

    Day 1 of the battle would have been one of the 25 biggest battles of the Civil War itself, and it ended with a tactical Confederate victory. But over the next two days, Lee would try and fail to dislodge the Union army with attacks on both of its flanks during the second day and Pickett’s Charge on the third and final day. Meade’s stout defense held, barely, repulsing each attempted assault, handing the Union a desperately needed victory that ended up being one of the Civil War’s turning points.

    After the South had lost the war, the importance of Gettysburg as one of the “high tide” marks of the Confederacy became apparent to everyone, making the battle all the more important in the years after it had been fought. While former Confederate generals cast about for scapegoats, with various officers pointing fingers at Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, and James Stuart, historians and avid Civil War fans became obsessed with studying and analyzing all the command decisions and army movements during the entire campaign. Despite the saturation of coverage, Americans refuse to grow tired of visiting the battlefield and reliving the biggest battle fought in North America.

    The Gettysburg Campaign: The History and Legacy of the Civil War’s Most Famous Campaign analyzes the entire campaign and its major battles, from Brandy Station to the retreat of Lee’s army after Pickett’s Charge. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Gettysburg campaign like never before, in no time at all.

    The Luftwaffe: The History of Nazi Germany’s Air Force during World War II

    by Charles River Editors

    *Includes pictures

    *Includes accounts of fighting between the Luftwaffe and the Allies

    *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

    *Includes a table of contents

    “My Luftwaffe is invincibleâ?¦And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last â?? two, three weeks?” – Hermann Goering, June 1940

    The Third Reich’s Luftwaffe began World War II with significant advantages over other European air forces, playing a critical role in the German war machine’s swift, powerful advance. By war’s end, however, the Luftwaffe had been decimated by combat losses and crippled by poor decisions at the highest levels of military decision-making, and it proved unable to challenge Allied air superiority despite a last-minute upsurge in German aircraft production.

    Given its unique strengths and distinctive weaknesses by the personal quirks of the men who developed it, the Luftwaffe initially overwhelmed the more conservative, outdated military aviation of other countries. Its leaders embraced such concepts as the dive-bomber, which proved both utterly devastating and extremely useful for supporting the sweeping, powerful movements of Blitzkrieg, while other martial establishments rejected dive-bombers as impractical or even impossible.

    Though the superb fighting qualities of highly trained and motivated German soldiers, and the Third Reich’s technological superiority in tank and weapon design, also had crucial roles to play, the Luftwaffe represented the key element making the successes of all other branches possible. While the Luftwaffe enjoyed air superiority, the combat fortunes of the Third Reich continued to ride high. When control of the air passed decisively to the Allies, Germany’s hopes of victory began accelerating into a spiral of defeat.

    Early in the war, prowling masses of Luftwaffe aircraft fatally hampered the attempts of hostile forces to maneuver. The omnipresent Stuka dive-bombers crisscrossing the skies pounced on any infantry or vehicles incautious enough to emerge from hiding during the day, except in foul weather that kept the airplanes grounded. The German forces, meanwhile, moved freely and rapidly, surrounding or bypassing their enemies again and again and thus compelling their surrender.

    The Luftwaffe’s eventual loss of aerial domination exposed the Germans to precisely the same misfortunes on the ground as they had once relentlessly inflicted on the Poles and Russians. In the Falaise Pocket in Normandy, for example, the splendidly lethal Panthers, Tigers, and Tiger II tanks of the Nazi Panzer Divisions never had the opportunity to destroy the flimsily-armored, outgunned Sherman tanks of their American opponents. Instead, American fighter-bombers systematically annihilated them and their supporting infantry formations from the air, leaving the landscape strewn with flipped-over tank hulks and in places literally carpeted with the flesh of dead men. Some 10,000 Germans died and 50,000 surrendered to the western Allies at Falaise, due to Hitler’s order to counterattack without air support.

    During its heyday, however, the Luftwaffe amply proved the leading role played by air power in the modern combined arms formula. It also produced a remarkable number of aces, whose exploits overshadowed the finest pilots of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

    The Luftwaffe: The History of Nazi Germany’s Air Force during World War II looks at the role the German air force played during the war, from its origins to its near demise. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Luftwaffe like never before, in no time at all.

    The Battle of Fort Donelson: The History of General Ulysses S. Grant’s First Major Victory in the Civil War

    by Charles River Editors

    *Includes pictures

    *Includes accounts of the campaign written by generals on both sides

    *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

    *Includes a table of contents

    “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender.” – Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson

    “It was not possible for brave men to endure more.” – General Lew Wallace

    While the Lincoln Administration and most Northerners were preoccupied with trying to capture Richmond in the summer of 1861, it would be the little known Ulysses S. Grant who delivered the Union’s first major victories, over a thousand miles away from Washington. Grant’s new commission led to his command of the District of Southeast Missouri, headquartered at Cairo, after he was appointed by “The Pathfinder”, John C. Fremont, a national celebrity who had run for President in 1856. Fremont was one of many political generals that Lincoln was saddled with, and his political prominence ensured he was given a prominent command as commander of the Department of the West early in the war before running so afoul of the Lincoln Administration that he was court-martialed.

    In January of 1862, Grant persuaded General Henry “Old Brains” Halleck to allow his men to launch a campaign on the Tennessee River. As soon as Halleck acquiesced, Grant moved against Fort Henry, in close coordination with the naval command of Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote. The combination of infantry and naval bombardment helped force the capitulation of Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, and the surrender of Fort Henry was followed immediately by an attack on Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River, which earned Grant his famous nickname “Unconditional Surrender”. Grant’s forces enveloped the Confederate garrison at Fort Donelson, which included Confederate generals Simon Buckner, John Floyd, and Gideon Pillow. In one of the most bungled operations of the war, the Confederate generals tried and failed to open an escape route by attacking Grant’s forces on February 15. Although the initial assault was successful, General Pillow inexplicably chose to have his men pull back into their trenches, ostensibly so they could take more supplies before their escape. Instead, they simply lost all the ground they had taken, and the garrison was cut off yet again.

    During the early morning hours of February 16, the garrison’s generals held one of the Civil War’s most famous councils of war. Over the protestations of cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest, who insisted the garrison could escape, the three generals agreed to surrender their army, but none of them wanted to be the fall guy. General Floyd was worried that the Union might try him for treason if he was taken captive, so he turned command of the garrison over to General Pillow and escaped with two of his regiments. Pillow had the same concern and turned command over to General Buckner before escaping alone by boat.

    With no attempt to conceal his anger at the cowardice displayed by his commanding officers, Forrest announced, “I did not come here to surrender my command!” He then proceeded to round up his own men and rallied hundreds of men before leading them on a daring and dramatic escape under the cover of darkness through the icy waters of Lick Creek to escape the siege and avoid capture.

    Despite all of these successful escapes, General Buckner decided to surrender to Grant, and when asked for terms of surrender, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender.” In addition to giving him a famous sobriquet, Grant’s campaign was the first major success for the Union, which had already lost the disastrous First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861 and was reorganizing the Army of the Potomac in anticipation of the Peninsula Campaign (which would fail in the summer of 1862). It also exposed the weakness of the outmanned Confederates, who were stretched too thin across the theater.

    From Ignorance to Arrogance: The Making of British Foreign and Economic Policy Toward Yugoslavia 1948-49

    by Gary S. Zeidman

    In the autumn of 1949 His Majesty’s Government’s traded with and supported the Yugoslav government. At that point they also desired a modi vivendi with the other communist nations of Eastern Europe. Using primary sources from the British archives, this history focuses on policy development toward Yugoslavia in this period.

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