Cambridge International AS Level History The History of the USA, 1820–1941 Course Book


This series is for the Cambridge International AS History syllabus (9489) for examination from 2021.

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Written by an experienced author team that includes examiners, a practising teacher and trainers, this course book supports the Cambridge International AS History syllabus. With increased depth of coverage, this coursebook helps build confidence and understanding in language, essay-writing and evaluation skills. The course book also develops students’ conceptual understanding of history with the five new ‘Key concepts’. In addition, it encourages individuals to make substantiated judgments and reflect on their own learning. Students can also consolidate their skills though exam-style questions with source material and sample responses.


  • Exam-style questions – including source material with sample responses – help students practise essay-writing, understand what ‘good’ looks like and identify where improvements can be made in their own work
  • The ‘Reflection’ feature provides opportunities for students to learn from one another, while considering what they have learnt and how they could improve
  • Our ‘Think like a historian’ feature helps learners to better understand the applicability of studying history and how it can be used in their life outside the classroom
  • A ‘Before you start’ section ensures students are prepared with enough knowledge to start the chapter
  • Help students develop their conceptual understanding of history with the five new Key concepts
  • ‘Key figure’ boxes throughout highlight important and influential people
  • ‘Key Terms’ help students understand the text with clear explanations of important terminology
  • Learning objectives at the start of each chapter help students and teachers to set learning goals


  • How to use this book
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Origins of the Civil War, 1820–1861
  • Chapter 2. Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861–1877
  • Chapter 3. The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870s-1920
  • Chapter 4. The Great Crash, The Depression and the New Deal policies, 1920-1941
  • Chapter 5. Preparing for Assessment
  • Index.