The American People: Concise Edition Volume 1: Creating a Nation and a Society

The American People: Concise Edition Volume 1: Creating a Nation and a Society

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By (author) Gary B. Nash, By (author) Julie Roy Jeffrey, By (author) John R. Howe, By (author) Peter J. Frederick, By (author) Allen F. Davis, By (author) Allan M. Winkler, By (author) Charlene Mires, By (author) Carla Gardina Pestana

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  • Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 12 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0205805396
  • ISBN 13: 9780205805396
  • Edition: 7, Revised
  • Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white halftones, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,522,734

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This engaging text examines U.S. history as revealed through the experiences of all Americans, both ordinary and extraordinary. With a thought-provoking and rich presentation, the authors explore the complex lives of Americans of all national origins and cultural backgrounds, at all levels of society, and in all regions of the country. A vibrant four-color design and compact size make this book accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.

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Gary B. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American history. A former president of the Organization of American Historians, his scholarship is especially concerned with the role of common people in the making of history. Julie Roy Jeffrey earned her Ph.D. in history from Rice University. Since then she has taught at Goucher College. Honored as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey has been involved in faculty development activities and curriculum evaluation. She was Fullbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, 1999-2000 and John Adams Chair of American History at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2006. She is the author of many articles on the lives and perceptions of nineteenth-century women. Her research continues to focus on abolitionism as well as on history and film. John R. Howe received his Ph.D. from Yale University. At the University of Minnesota, he has taught the U.S. history survey and courses on the American revolutionary era and the early republic. His present research deals with the social politics of verbal discourse in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Boston. He has received a Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Peter J. Frederick received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His career of innovative teaching began at California State University, Hayward, in the 1960s and continued at Wabash College (1970-2004) and Carleton College (1992-1994) He also served as distinguished Professor of American History and Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation reservation in Washington between 2004 and 2006. Recognized nationally as a distinguished teacher and for his many articles and workshops on teaching and learning, Frederick was awarded the Eugene Asher Award for Excellence in Teaching by the AHA in 2000. Allen F. Davis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. A former president of the American Studies Association, he is a professor emeritus at Temple University and editor of Conflict and Consensus in American History (9th ed., 1997). Allan M. Winkler received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Yale and the University of Oregon, and he is now Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. An award-winning teacher, he has also published extensively about the recent past. His research centers on the connections between public policy and popular mood in modern history. Charlene Mires earned her Ph.D. in history at Temple University. At Villanova University, she teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history, public history, and material culture. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (2002) and serves as editor of the Pennsylvania History Studies Series for the Pennsylvania Historical Association. A former journalist, she was a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for general local news reporting with other staff members at the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel. Carla Gardina Pestana received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She taught at Ohio State University, where she served as a Lilly Teaching Fellow and launched an innovative on-demand publishing project. Currently she holds the W.E. Smith Professorship in History at Miami University. At present, she is completing a book on religion in the British Atlantic world to 1830 for classroom use.

Table of contents

VOLUME I PART 1 AN EMERGING PEOPLE 1 Ancient America and Africa 2 Europeans and Africans Reach the Americas 3 Colonizing a Continent in the Seventeenth Century 4 The Maturing of Colonial Society 5 Bursting the Bonds of Empire 6 A People in Revolution 7 Consolidating the Revolution PART 2 AN EXPANDING PEOPLE 8 Currents of Change in the Northeast and the Old Northwest 9 Slavery and the Old South 10 Shaping America in the Antebellum Age 11 Moving West 12 The Union in Peril 13 The Union Severed 14 The Union Reconstructed VOLUME II 14 The Union Restructured PART 3 A MODERNIZING PEOPLE 15 The Realities of Rural America 16 The Rise of Smokestack America 17 The New Metropolis 18 Becoming a World Power 19 The Progressives Confront Industrial Capitalism 20 The Great War 21 Affluence and Anxiety PART 4 A RESILIENT PEOPLE 22 The Great Depression and the New Deal 23 World War II 24 Chills and Fever During the Cold War, 1945-1960 25 Postwar America at Home, 1945-1960 26 Reform and Rebellion in the Turbulent Sixties, 1960-1969 27 Disorder and Discontent, 1969-1980 28 Conservatism and a Shift in Course, 1980-2010