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History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 is a downloadable, free-to-use textbook licensed under a
CC-BY-SA 3.0 unported license. This textbook reviews U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the
people and their history.
This book provides strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Learning Objectives
at the beginning of each chapter help students to understand what they will learn in each chapter. Before You Move On sections at the end of
each main section are designed to encourage students to reflect on important concepts and test their knowledge as they read. In addition, each
chapter includes Critical Thinking Exercises that cover chapter content, Key Terms, and a Chronology of events.