Outline of United States history

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The following outline provides an overview and topical guide to the history of the United States.

By period[edit]

Named eras and periods[edit]

These multi-year periods are commonly identified in American history. The existence and dating of some of these periods is debated by historians.

Political parties
Wars

See List of wars involving the United States.

Timelines and lists[edit]

1400s[edit]

1490s[edit]

1500s[edit]

1510s[edit]
1520s[edit]
  • On March 6, 1521, three Spanish ships under the command of Fernão de Magalhães (Ferdinand Magellan) land on the Island of Guam after a seemingly endless eleven week voyage across the Pacific Ocean. Magellan names the archipelago Las Isles de las Velas Latinas (The Islands of the Latine Sails). When the Spaniards refuse to pay for supplies, natives take iron from the ships. Magellan renames the archipelago Las Islas de los Ladrones (The Islands of the Thieves).
1540s[edit]
1550s[edit]
1560s[edit]
1570s[edit]
1580s[edit]
1590s[edit]

1600s[edit]

1610s[edit]
1620s[edit]
1630s[edit]
1640s[edit]
1660s[edit]
1670s[edit]
1680s[edit]
1690s[edit]

1700s[edit]

1710s[edit]
1720s[edit]
1730s[edit]
1740s[edit]
1750s[edit]
1760s[edit]
1770s[edit]
1780s[edit]
1790s[edit]

1800s[edit]

1810s[edit]
1820s[edit]
1830s[edit]
1840s[edit]
1850s[edit]
1860s[edit]
1870s[edit]
1880s[edit]
1890s[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]
1920s[edit]
1930s[edit]
1940s[edit]
1950s[edit]
1960s[edit]
1970s[edit]
1980s[edit]
1990s[edit]

2000s-2010s[edit]

By region[edit]

States
Federal district
Insular areas
Outlying islands

By subject[edit]

History books[edit]

Books on the history of the United States:

Cultural history of the United States[edit]

Economic history of the United States[edit]

History of education in the United States[edit]

Geographic history of the United States[edit]

History of health care in the United States[edit]

Historiography of the United States[edit]

Maritime history of the United States[edit]

Political history of the United States[edit]

History of science in the United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n It has been customary to rank the original 13 states not by date of colonial founding, or date of declaration of independence, but by date of ratification of the US Constitution. Subsequent states are ranked by the date of their admission to the Union.
  2. ^ The states of North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted to the Union at precisely the same time. Since the names of the new states were officially published in alphabetical order, it has been customary to consider North Dakota to be the 39th state and South Dakota to be the 40th state.

Further reading[edit]

  • Adams, James Truslow, ed. Dictionary of American History (5 Vols. 1940)
  • Kutler, Stanley I. ed. Dictionary of American History (3rd Edition 10 Volumes, 2003)
  • Martin, Michael. Dictionary of American History (Littlefield, Adams 1989)
  • Morris. Richard, ed. Encyclopedia of American History (7th ed. 1996)
  • Purvis, Thomas L. A Dictionary of American History (Blackwell 1997)
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Almanac of American History ( 2nd ed. 1993)
  • Thompson, Peter, and Chris Cook. Dictionary of American History: From 1763 to the Present (Facts on File, 2000)