"American History On File[trademark]" offers a balanced presentation of the political, social, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the nation from precolonial days to the present. Each chapter corresponds to one of the 10 eras of the National Standards for United States History. This title provides easy access to information on all aspects of American history. It correlates to most American history textbooks. It facilitates an understanding of key concepts and helps students place people, events, and places within the larger context of U.S. history. It contains nearly 300 black-and-white line illustrations. It encourages active learning and helps readers develop important skills. It covers familiar events and people as well as little-known incidents, personalities, and trends in the nation's history.