America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History

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Recognizing the urgent need for students to understand the emergence of the United States' power and prestige in relation to world events, Gary W. Reichard and Ted Dickson reframe the teaching of American history in a global context. Each essay covers a specific chronological period and approaches fundamental topics and events in United States history from an international perspective, emphasizing how the development of the United States has always depended on its transactions with other nations for commodities, cultural values, and populations. For each historical period, the authors also provide practical guidance on bringing this international approach to the classroom, with suggested lesson plans and activities. Ranging from the colonial period to the civil rights era and everywhere in between, this collection will help prepare Americans for success in an era of global competition and collaboration.

Contributors are David Armitage, Stephen Aron, Edward L. Ayers, Thomas Bender, Stuart M. Blumin, J. D. Bowers, Orville Vernon Burton, Lawrence Charap, Jonathan Chu, Kathleen Dalton, Betty A. Dessants, Ted Dickson, Kevin Gaines, Fred Jordan, Melvyn P. Leffler, Louisa Bond Moffitt, Philip D. Morgan, Mark A. Noll, Gary W. Reichard, Daniel T. Rodgers, Leila J. Rupp, Brenda Santos, Gloria Sesso, Carole Shammas, Suzanne M. Sinke, Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Penny M. Von Eschen, Patrick Wolfe, and Pingchao Zhu.

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"This fine book is a source of encouragement as well as enlightenment. Some of the foremost historians in the country have teamed up with a talented group of secondary school educators to consider international perspectives on some of the key issues in American history. It is one of the most imaginative efforts I have seen recently to bridge the gap between academic research and high school instruction. Bravo to all concerned!"—Sean Wilentz, Princeton University

“The teaching strategies that accompany the essays offer a wide variety of methods to integrate the theme of globalization into survey courses. . . . Historians will find clear and detailed information on where to locate the teaching materials and how to apply any of the pedagogical techniques.”—Teaching History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252033452
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Reichard is the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at The California State University and the author of Politics as Usual: The Age of Truman and Eisenhower. Ted Dickson is chair of the history department at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction: The Revolt against Enclosure: U.S. History Opens Out to the World   Thomas Bender     xiii
America, the Atlantic, and Global Consumer Demand, 1500-1800   Carole Shammas     1
Imagining a World without Tea and Sugar: Teaching Strategies for America, the Atlantic, and Global Consumer Demand, 1500-1800   Jonathan Chu     12
The Declaration of Independence in World Context   David Armitage     17
Strategies for Teaching the Declaration of Independence in a Global Context   Ted Dickson     29
Origins of American Slavery   Philip D. Morgan     35
Reflections on "Origins of American Slavery"   Gloria Sesso     50
Nineteenth-Century Religion in World Context   Mark A. Noll     55
Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Religion in a Global Context   J. D. Bowers     72
Returning the West to the World   Stephen Aron     85
Strategies for Teaching the American West in a Global Context   Omar Valerio-Jimenez     99
Driven to the City: Urbanization and Industrialization in the Nineteenth Century   Stuart M. Blumin     107
American Industrialization, 1870-1920: Teaching from Local, National, and International Perspectives   Betty A. Dessants     119
The American Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction on the World Stage   Edward L. Ayers     125
Teaching the Civil War from a Global Perspective   Ted Dickson     138
Worlds of Reform   Daniel T. Rodgers     147
Teaching American Reform in a World Context   Kathleen Dalton     158
Crossing National Borders: Locating the United States in Migration History   Suzanne M. Sinke     169
Strategies for Teaching the History of Migration to the United States in a Global Context   Louisa Bond Moffitt   Ted Dickson     181
The Civil Rights Movement in World Perspective   Kevin Gaines     189
The Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War Culture in Perspective   Pingchao Zhu     208
Race and Citizenship   Patrick Wolfe     217
Teaching Citizenship and Race   Orville Vernon Burton     229
Globalizing Popular Culture in the "American Century" and Beyond   Penny M. Von Eschen     237
Teaching the Globalization of American Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century   Lawrence Charap     253
From Rosie the Riveter to the Global Assembly Line: American Women on the World Stage   Leila J. Rupp      261
American Women in a Global Context   Brenda Santos     270
Cold War and Global Hegemony, 1945-1991   Melvyn P. Leffler     277
Teaching the Cold War   Frederick W. Jordan     292
Contributors     305
Index     313

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