Cambridge International AS Level History of the USA 1840–1941 Coursebook

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Cambridge International AS Level History is a suite of three books that offer complete coverage of the Cambridge International AS Level History syllabus (code 9389).

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Written in clear and accessible language, this title covers the History of the USA from the period of 1840-1941. Features include key questions, timelines, definitions of key terms, profile of key figures, notes to highlight significant points and formative questions to consolidate learning. Each chapter reinforces knowledge and builds skills using detailed study of primary and secondary sources to help students achieve their best. Exam support is offered in a final Examination Skills chapter offering advice on exam technique and how to approach source investigation and structured essay questions.


  • Endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations.
  • Examinations Skills chapter offers comprehensive support on exam techniques and preparation.
  • Original source documents relate to descriptive/contextual narrative.
  • Clear, concise layout to guide students through content and methodology.


1. Origins of the Civil War 1846–61
Sectional tensions in the United States
The outcomes of the war with Mexico
The Compromise of 1850 and its breakdown
The 1860 presidential election
The beginning of the Civil War in April 1861
2. The Civil War and Reconstruction 1861–77
Four years of the Civil War
Impact of the Civil War
Aims and outcomes of Reconstruction
How successful was Reconstruction?
3. Expansion of US power in the 19th and 20th centuries
Expansion in North America 1840s–1890s
Central America and the Caribbean 1840–1930
Relationship with Europe 1840–1930
US relations with China, Japan, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands
4. The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era 1870s–1920s
Industrial expansion in the 1870s and 1880s
Economic and social consequences of rapid industrialisation in the late 19th century
Aims of the Progressive Movement 1890s–1900s
The Progressive Movement – success or failure?
The presidency of Woodrow Wilson 1913–21
5. The Great Crash, the Great Depression and the New Deal 1929–41
Causes and impact of the Great Crash and the Great Depression
Strategies for domestic problems by Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s
Opposition to the New Deal
Roosevelt – a great American president?
6. Examination skills
What skills will be tested in examination?
Analysis and evaluation questions
Source-based questions
Examination technique

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Weight 0.81 kg
Dimensions 32.4 × 23.7 × 6.0 cm
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