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Over three editions, with more than 1,200 adoptions at colleges and universities in the United States and around the world, America: A Narrative History has provided countless students with their introduction to American history. Students and instructors alike have been drawn to the narrative - full of vivid characters and events, it unfolds like a story; the format - compact, handy, elegant; the price - affordable, it makes America the best buy for the course. The Fourth Edition is thoroughly revised, with new discussions throughout the book on the theme of frontiers in American history. Focusing on the perimeters of rapid change that have risen and receded at various times in American history, these discussions expand the book's coverage of social history in the context of the broader narrative. The Fourth Edition also provides students additional guidance with part openers that survey the major themes and events of a series of chapters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393912647
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 53,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

George Brown Tindall spent many years on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was an award-winning historian of the South with a number of major books to his credit, including The Emergence of the New South.

David Emory Shi (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is president emeritus and professor emeritus of history at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the author of several books focusing on American cultural history, including the award-winning The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture and Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps xvii

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

17 Reconstruction: North and South 704

The War's Aftermath 705

The Battle over Political Reconstruction 711

The Assassination of Lincoln 713

Reconstructing the South 720

The Reconstructed South 724

The Grand Years 732

Part 5 Growing Pains

18 Big Business and Organized Labor 751

The Rise of Big Business 751

Entrepreneurs 761

The Working Class 768

19 The South and the West Transformed 790

The Myth of the New South 791

The New West 797

20 The Emergence of Urban America 820

America's Move to Town 821

The New Immigration 826

Popular Culture 832

Education and Social Thought 839

21 Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt 848

Paradoxical Politics 849

Corruption and Reform: Hayes to Harrison 853

The Farm Problem and Agrarian Protest Movements 864

The Economy and the Silver Solution 872

Race Relations During the 1890s 878

Part 6 Modern America

22 Seizing An American Empire 897

Toward the New Imperialism 898

Expansion in the Pacific 900

The War of 1898 903

Imperial Rivalries in East Asia 920

Big-Stick Diplomacy 922

23 "Making the World Over": The Progressive Era 932

Elements of Reform 934

The Social Gospel 935

Early Efforts at Urban Reform 937

Features of Progressivism 944

Roosevelt's Progressivism 950

Roosevelt's Second Term 953

From Roosevelt to Taft 958

Woodrow Wilson's Progressivism 962

Limits of Progressivism 977

24 America and the Great War 980

Wilson and Foreign Affairs 980

An Uneasy Neutrality 983

America's Entry into the War 995

America at War 1001

The Fight for the Peace 1007

Lurching from War to Peace 1015

25 The Modern Temper 1022

The Reactionary Twenties 1024

The "Jazz Age" During the "Roaring Twenties" 1034

Mass Culture 1044

The Modernist Revolt 1050

26 Republican Resurgence and Decline 1060

"Normalcy" 1061

Isolationism in Foreign Affairs 1065

The Harding Scandals 1069

The New Era 1074

President Hoover, the Engineer 1078

Global Concerns 1086

From Hooverism to the New Deal 1092

27 New Deal America 1100

Regulatory Efforts 1105

The Social Cost of the Depression 1110

Culture in the Thirties 1117

The New Deal Matures 1120

Roosevelt's Second Term 1129

The Legacy of the New Deal 1136

28 The Second World War 1142

From Isolationism to Intervention 1142

Foreign Crises 1143

War Clouds 1150

The Storm in Europe 1152

The Storm in the Pacific 1159

A World War 1163

Mobilization at Home 1165

Social Effects of the War 1167

The Allied Drive Toward Berlin 1175

Leapfrogging to Tokyo 1185

A New Age is Born 1188

The Final Ledger 1200

Part 7 The American Age

29 The Fair Deal and Containment 1209

Demobilization Under Truman 1210

The Cold War 1215

Civil Rights During the 1940s 1225

The Cold War Heats up 1232

30 The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in an Atomic Age 1246

A People of Plenty 1248

A Conformist Culture 1258

Cracks in the Picture Window 1261

Alienation and Liberation 1263

Moderate Republicanism-The Eisenhower Years 1268

The Early Years of the Civil Rights Movement 1273

Foreign Policy in the 1950s 1282

Foreign Interventions 1285

Reflection and Foreign Crises 1290

Festering Problems Abroad 1294

Assessing the Eisenhower Presidency 1296

31 New Frontiers: Politics and Social Change in the 1960s 1300

The New Frontier 1300

Expansion of the Civil Rights Movement 1306

Foreign Frontiers 1314

Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society 1322

From Civil Rights to Black Power 1331

The Tragedy of Vietnam 1338

Sixties Crescendo 1344

32 Rebellion and Reaction: The 1960s and 1970s 1350

The Roots of Rebellion 1351

Nixon and Middle America 1367

Nixon and Vietnam 1376

Nixon Triumphant 1381

Watergate 1387

An Unelected President 1392

33 A Conservative Realignment: 1977-1990 1400

The Carter Presidency 1401

The Reagan Revolution 1412

Reagan's First Term 1417

Reagan's Second Term 1425

The Changing Social Landscape 1429

The Bush Administration 1438

Cultural Conservatism 1446

34 America in a New Millennium 1450

America's Changing Mosaic 1451

Bush to Clinton 1452

Domestic Policy in Clinton's First Term 1456

Republican Insurgency 1458

The Clinton Years at Home 1462

Foreign-Policy Challenges 1466

The Election of 2000 1469

Compassionate Conservatism 1472

Global Terrorism 1473

Second-Term Blues 1482

A Historic Election 1487

Obama's First Term 1491

Glossary A1

Appendix A59

The Declaration of Independence A61

Articles of Confederation A66

The Constitution of the United States A74

Amendments to the Constitution A86

Presidential Elections A96

Admission of States A104

Population of the United States A105

Immigration to the United States, Fiscal Years 1820-2011 A106

Immigration by Region and Selected Country of Last Residence, Fiscal Years 1820-2011 A108

Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Secretaries of State A117

Further Readings A123

Credits A137

Index A141

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    America: A Narrative History is a well written book that is exce

    America: A Narrative History is a well written book that is exceptionally easy to follow. The writers display a high level of knowledge as befits their high ranking status at Chaple Hill and Furman University. However, the book has a fatal flaw: It's political. The authors often paint a very positive images of progressive and left-wing groups, while demonizing right wing entities. Chapter 23 is perhaps the worst, claiming that Imperial nations dispatched Christan missionaries to destroy the native culture of colonial targets. It also heavily charged America with Imperialism and Empire, and gave me the distinct impression the authors did not know what either was, and was quite reminiscent of anti-Americanism of contemporary times.

    The book is also rarely sourced, often making claims that are clearly the opinion of the author and attempting to pass it on as fact.

    I found the book so offensive at times that I declined to read many sections and wrote a formal complaint to my college (Columbus State) detailing its many biases. When I need to question every other line in the book- it's not a good sign. When I can ascertain the ideology of the authors- it's not a good sign. When sections make me enter a verbal rant in disgust over what was written and how it was portrayed- it's not a good sign. Yet the fact this is required reading for history classes is unacceptable.

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