Smithsonian America: The Atlas

Thunder Bay Pr. Sept. 2023. 384p. Tr $29.99. ISBN 9781645178422.
Gr 8 Up–This extraordinary reference tool is a testament to the rich tapestry of North America’s history and geography. It is expertly crafted by seven learned contributors who engage readers with insightful narratives that include the diversity of the multitude of cultures that have shaped the American identity. Thought-provoking and comprehensive, it embarks on an absorbing voyage through time, spanning from 50,000 BC to the modern day. Through a captivating blend of primary source maps, graphs, charts, posters, and photographs, this atlas meticulously illustrates the impact of Indigenous civilizations, the upheaval caused by European conquest, and the enduring struggles and triumphs that have defined the continent. From the excitement of continental exploration, and the gravity of the Civil War and global conflicts, to the rise of technological innovations, including fast-food culture, every facet of North America’s evolution is addressed in a balanced way. Social issues that have played a significant role in shaping the United States, such as slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights, are explored. Enriching readers’ understanding and encouraging deeper examination, the back matter offers an invaluable trove of information, featuring a detailed time line, U.S. Presidents’ birth states, a comprehensive guide to all 50 U.S. states, a detailed general index, and a comprehensive place-name index.
VERDICT This indispensable reference book is an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts, students, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of North America’s intricate journey through time. An exceptional addition to any library’s reference collection.

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