The 19th century is presented chronologically in this colorful and detailed book in the Timelines series. Rubel (The United States in the 20th Century, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) divides each page by date into four horizontal ribbon-like strips: politics at the top, then life, arts and entertainment, and science and technology. Ten chapters further divide the century by important historical events of the era: Federalism, Jacksonian Democracy, the Civil War, the Gay Nineties, etc. Exciting drawings, photographs, and maps bring the many details alive for readers who are interested in everything happening from 1800--99. In 1813, the first reference to the US Government as ""Uncle Sam"" appeared; in 1846, two New York teams played the first recorded baseball game, and a pitcher named Davis was fined six cents for swearing at the umpire. The sound-bite presentation and sheer mass of tidbits will make it difficult for some readers to focus on the larger lessons and issues of the 19th century; however, the book fully complements other resources on the era.