These United States

These United States : The Questions of Our Past, Combined Concise Edition

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For survey courses in U.S. History.

Written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author, this "concise" survey explores the many and varied threads of American history-social, intellectual, cultural political, diplomatic, economic, and military-from the arrival of the first native American inhabitants thousands of years ago through the crisis following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. Inclusive of all the diverse groups that are and have been part of the American fabric, it shows how the story of America is a human story revealing the imperfections, as well as the triumphs of human endeavor and the human spirit. Using a unique "inquiry approach," each chapter is built around a specific question or theme designed to challenge students to consider the complexity of America's past.
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  • Paperback | 967 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 48.26mm | 1,156.65g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130978051
  • 9780130978059

Table of contents

(NOTE: Volume I includes Chapters 1-16 and Volume II includes Chapters 16-31)

1. The New World Encounters the Old: Why 1492?

2. The Old World Comes to America: What Brought Europeans and Africans to the New World?

3. Colonial Society: How Did Old World Life and Culture Change the Wilderness?

4. Moving Toward Independence: Why Did the Colonists Revolt?

5. The Revolution: How Did It Change America?

6. The Origins of the Constitution: By Popular Demand?

7. The First Party System: What Issues Divided the New Nation?

8. The Jeffersonians in Office: How Did Power Affect Republican Ideology?

9. The American Economic Miracle: What Made It Possible?

10. Jacksonian Democracy: What Was It and How Did It Change Political Life?

11. The Mexican War and Expansionism: Greed, Manifest Destiny, or Inevitability?

12. Americans Before the Civil War: What Where They Really Like?

13. The Old South: What Is Myth and What Was Real?

14. The Coming of the Civil War: What Caused the Division?

15. The Civil War: How Did the War Change the Nation?

16. Reconstruction: What Went Wrong?

17. The Triumph of Industrialism: What Were the Causes, What Were the Costs?

18. Age of the City: What Did Cities Offer? and to Whom?

19. The Trans-Missouri West: Another Colony?

20. The Gilded Age: How "Gilded" Was It?

21. The American Empire: Why Did the United States Look Abroad?

22. Progressivism: What Were Its Roots and What Were Its Accomplishments?

23. World War I: Idealism, National Interest, or Neutral Rights?

24. The Twenties: Happy Adolescence or Decade of Stress?

25. The New Deal: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

26. World War II: Blunder, or Decision in the National Interest?

27. Post War America: Why So Security Conscious?

28. The Dissenting Sixties: Why Protest in the "Great Society"?

29. The Uncertain Seventies: Why Did the Right Fail?

30. The "Reagan Revolution": What Was It? What Did It Accomplish?

31. A Different America?: Would Diversity and the Cold War's End Change America?



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About Irwin Unger

Irwin Unger. Pulitzer Prize winning historian Irwin Unger has been teaching American history for over forty years on both coasts. Born and largely educated in New York, he has lived in California, Virginia, and Washington State. He is married to Debi Unger and they have five children, now all safely past their college years. Professor Unger formerly taught at California State University at Long Beach, the University of California at Davis, and New York University He is now professor emeritus.

Professor Unger's professional interests have ranged widely within American history He has written on Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, and on the 1960s. His first book, The Greenback Era, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1965. Since then he has written The Movement: The New Left and (with Debi Unger) The Vulnerable Years, Turning Point: 1968, The Best of Intentions (about the Great Society), and LBJ: A Life. He and Debi Unger are now working on a biography of the Guggenheim family.
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