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Introduction. PART I: Getting There, Getting Settled, and Getting Free. Chapter 1: Before the Beginning: 14,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492. Chapter 2: Columbus Discovers the Bahamas: 1492-1607. Chapter 3: Pilgrims' Progress: The English Colonies, 1607-1700. Chapter 4: Old Grudges in a New World: 1700-1763. Chapter 5: Revolting Developments: 1763-1775. Chapter 6: Yankee Doodlin': 1775-1783. Chapter 7: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783-1800. PART II: Growing Pains. Chapter 8: "ng Tom"ecomes President: 1800-1809. Chapter 9: One Weird War: 1809-1815. Chapter 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 1815-1828. Chapter 11: The Influences of Andrew Jackson: 1829-1844. Chapter 12: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845-1860. Chapter 13: A Most Uncivil War: 1861-1865. Chapter 14: Putting It Back Together: 1865-1876. PART III: Coming of Age. Chapter 15: Growing Up: 1876-1898. Chapter 16: Growing Out: 1899-1918. Chapter 17: Bathtub Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919-1929. Chapter 18: Uncle Sam's Depressed: 1930-1940. Chapter 19: The World at War: 1941-1945. PART IV: America in Adulthood. Chapter 20: The Fast Fifties: 1946-1960. Chapter 21: Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1974. Chapter 22: Hold the Malaise, or Ayatollah So: 1975-1992. Chapter 23: The Future is Now: 1993-2000. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 24: The 10 Best - and 10 Worst - Presidents. Chapter 25: Ten Historical Events That Probably Never Happened. Chapter 26: Ten Inventions That Changed Life as We Know It. Chapter 27: Ten Events That Defined American Culture. PART VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Preamble to the United States Constitution. Appendix B: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution. Appendix C: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix D: The Gettysburg Address. Index. Book Registration Information.