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The History Shoppe is not only an adventure novel; it is also an educational tool. Through his weekly visits with Professor Papadopoulos, young Scott Tennyson gradually learns the motivations and methodology fundamental to historical study. Hopefully, readers will share Scott's voyage of intellectual discovery and emerge, themselves, with a clearer understanding of the Discipline.

The History Shoppe is offered on the internet at no charge. Teachers, students, and general readers are invited to download it for personal and institutional use.

J. Fred MacDonald was a professor of history for 27 years. He taught at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where he specialized in U.S. cultural history. He was educated at the University of California at Berkeley , and the University of California at Los Angeles from which he received his Ph.D. He has written numerous books, including One Nation Under Television―The Rise and Fall of Network TV ; Blacks and White TV―African-Americans in Television Since 1948 ; and Don't Touch That Dial!―Radio Programming in American Life, 1920-1960 . He lives with his wife in Chicago where he is President and CEO of MacDonald & Associates, one of the nation's largest archives of historical film. The archive website is:



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Dirction Key Pad

The History Shoppe is an inventive idea: an online novel with multimedia links. Navigating The History Shoppe may be a new experience for you. Using this specialized set of keys (usually to the right of the standard keys) makes navigation much easier.

You will need only the Home, End, Page Up(PgUp), and the Page Down(PgDn) keys. The Insert and Delete keys have no function on The History Shoppe website.

Use the Home key to return to the top of the web page.




Use the End key to find the bottom of the web page, where the Previous and Next keys are.



Page Up 
The Page Up key scrolls back one screen.


Page Down 

The Page Down key scrolls forward one screen.


At the end of each chapter, there are two buttons. The Next button takes the reader to the next chapter; the Previous button takes the reader back a chapter. The Next button is not used when the web page is at the end of the navigation structure.

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Figure 1  Next                                            Figure 2  Previous

You can increase the type size for our online books in your Web browser.   In many browsers, there's a "Text size" option under the View menu that increases or decreases size.

A commonly supported shortcut for changing font size is to hold down the Control key (or the Apple key on Macs) and either rotate your mouse's scroll wheel, or hit the '+' or '-' keys on your keyboard.

To figure out where you are in the chapter, just look at the scroll bars on the right.  The slider indicates your location within the current chapter.




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