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The seventh edition of a A People And A Nation continues to bring history to life as it tells the story of everyday people and their popular culture, cultural diversity and daily challenges. The seventh edition carries forth the text's celebrated strengths: its emphasis on social history, its highly readable stories and latest scholarship and its distinguished team of authors.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary Beth Norton received her B.A. from the University of Michigan (1964) and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (1969). She is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University. Her dissertation won the Allan Nevins Prize. She has written The British-Americans (1972), Liberty's Daughters (1980, 1996), Founding Mothers & Fathers (1996), which was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History, and In the Devil's Snare (2002), which was one of five finalists for the 2003 LA Times Book Prize in History and which won the English-Speaking Union's Ambassador Book Award in American Studies for 2003. She has coedited Women of America (with Carol Berkin, 1979), To Toil the Livelong Day (with Carol Groneman, 1987), and Major Problems in American Women's History (with Ruth Alexander, 2007). She was general editor of the American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (1995). Her articles have appeared in such journals as the American Historical Review, William and Mary Quarterly, and Journal of Women's History. Mary Beth has served as president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, as vice president for research of the American Historical Association, and as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Humanities. She has received four honorary degrees and in 1999 was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Starr Foundations, and the Henry E. Huntington Library. In 2005-2006, she was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University ofCambridge and Newnham College.
Born in Flint, Michigan, David W. Blight received his B.A. from Michigan State University (1971) and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1985). He is now professor of history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. For the first seven years of his career, David was a public high school teacher in Flint. He has written Frederick Douglass's Civil War (1989) and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, 1863-1915 (2000). His most recent book is A Slave No More: the Emancipation of John Washington and Wallace Turnage (2007). His edited works include When This Cruel War Is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster (1992), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1993), W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (with Robert Gooding Williams, 1997), Union and Emancipation (with Brooks Simpson, 1997), and Caleb Bingham, The Columbian Orator (1997). David's essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, Civil War History, and Gabor Boritt, ed., Why the Civil War Came (1996), among others. In 1992-1993 he was senior Fulbright Professor in American Studies at the University of Munich, Germany. A consultant to several documentary films, David appeared in the 1998 PBS series, Africans in America. In 1999 he was elected to the Council of the American Historical Association. David also teaches summer seminars for secondary school teachers, as well as for park rangers and historians of the National Park Service. His book, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2000), received many honors in 2002, including The Bancroft Prize, Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize. From the Organization of American Historians, he has received the Merle Curti Prize in Social History, the Merle Curti Prize in Intellectual History, the Ellis Hawley Prize in Political History, and the James Rawley Prize in Race Relations.
Howard P. Chudacoff, the George L. Littlefield Professor of American History and Professor of Urban Studies at Brown University, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his A.B. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Chicago. He has written Mobile Americans (1972), How Old Are You? (1989), The Age of the Bachelor (1999), The Evolution of American Urban Society (with Judith Smith, 2004), and Children at Play: An American History (2007). He has also coedited with Peter Baldwin Major Problems in American Urban History (2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Family History, Reviews in American History, and Journal of American History. At Brown University, Howard has cochaired the American Civilization Program, chaired the Department of History, and serves as Brown's faculty representative to the NCAA. He has also served on the board of directors of the Urban History Association. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation have given him awards to advance his scholarship.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Fredrik Logevall received his B.A. from Simon Fraser University (1986) and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1993). He is professor of history at Cornell University. He is the author of Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam (1999), which won three prizes, including the Warren F. Kuehl Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). His other publications include The Origins of the Vietnam War (2001), Terrorism and 9/11: A Reader (2002), and, as coeditor, the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (2002). In 2003 Fred was awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize from SHAFR, and he is a past recipient of the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. He is on the editorial advisory board of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and of the journal Diplomatic History, and he is chair of the steering committee of the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation.