An American Chronicle: A Comprehensive History of the United States of America from the Pre-Columbian Era through the Great Depression is the first of a two-volume work on the social, cultural, political, technological and economic history of the United States covering the period from the early prehistoric settlement of North America to the eve of America's involvement in World War II. The second volume will cover events from 1941 to President Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021.
This first volume consists of 14 chapters offering a detailed, fact-based, year-by-year presentation of the key events that have marked American history. Each chapter begins with an introduction explaining how each successive period is bound to those which precede and follow. These books have been designed to serve as a convenient ready-reference and guide. Extensive contextualization and cross-referencing have been incorporated to assist the reader in making complex links between various events which are sometimes separated by decades or even centuries. This will help the reader understand developments which, at first glance, may appear totally unrelated. This technique aims to demonstrate the underlying continuity and cohesion which unifies US history.
Several major periods are covered in volume 1: the prehistory of North America until the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans, the colonisation of British North America and the French and Indian Wars, the War of American Independence and the expansion of the young Republic until the Civil War and, finally, Reconstruction until the Great Depression and America's rise as a World power.