Outline of U.S. History is a publication of the U.S. Department of State. The first edition (1949-50) was produced under the editorship of Francis Whitney, first of the State Department Office of International Information and later of the U.S. Information Agency. Richard Hofstadter, professor of history at Columbia University, and Wood Gray, professor of American history at The George Washington University, served as academic consultants. D. Steven Endsley of Berkeley, California, prepared additional material. It has been updated and revised extensively over the years by, among others, Keith W. Olsen, professor of American history at the University of Maryland, and Nathan Glick, writer and former editor of the USIA journal, Dialogue. Allan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University (Ohio), wrote the post-World War II chapters for previous editions.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated by Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. Professor Hamby has written extensively on American politics and society. Among his books are Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman and For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s.

Executive Editor— George Clack
Managing Editor— Mildred Solá Neely
Art Director/Design—Min-Chih Yao
Cover Illustration—Tom White
Photo Research— Maggie Johnson Sliker

This text was copied from the website of the United States Information Agency, where it was first published in november 2005. We corrected the spelling of the name of professor Allan Winkler, which was not spelled correctly.