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American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865 / Edition 1

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American Horizons is the only U.S. History survey text that presents the traditional narrative in a global context. The seven-author team uses the frequent movement of people, goods, and ideas into, out of, and within America's borders as a framework. This unique approach provides a fully integrated global perspective that seamlessly contextualizes American events within the wider world. The authors, all acclaimed scholars in their specialties, use their individual strengths to provide students with a balanced and inclusive account of U.S. history.

Presented in two volumes for maximum flexibility, American Horizons illustrates the relevence of U.S. history to American students by centering on the matrix of issues that dominate their lives. These touchstone themes include population movements and growth, the evolving definition of citizenship, cultural change and continuity, people's relationship to and impact upon the environment, political and ideological contests and their consequences, and Americans' five centuries of engagement with regional, national, and global institutions, forces, and events. In addition, this beautifully designed, full-color book features hundreds of photos and images and more than one hundred maps.

American Horizons contains ample pedagogy, including:

* America in the World, visual guides to the key interactions between America and the world
* Global Passages, which feature unique stories connecting America to the world
* Visual Reviews providing post-reading summaries to help students to connect key themes or events within a chapter
* Maps and Infographics that explore essential themes in new ways

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a very complete and comprehensive work, explaining in detail the factors and conditions that impact and have impacted America. American Horizons does an outstanding job of giving students a complete and balanced overview of American history."—Bill Mauzey, Metropolitan Community College

"For the past decade or so we have been trying to anchor the U.S. history survey in a more global perspective-this is exactly the purpose of this text. It provides an excellent platform for teaching American history in a global context, enabling students to understand that American history did not evolve in a vacuum, but was influenced by forces outside of the U.S."—Karen Miller, Oakland University

"American Horizons' obvious strength is the global context it provides, which is very useful in helping students understand that larger context. The graphics, maps, and tables seem especially well done, too; they are clear, easy to read, and relevant. I especially appreciate the chapter on migration, religion, and empires—it is a subject often quickly discussed or passed over entirely in survey texts."—Christopher Jones, College of William and Mary

"I'm particularly happy with the discussion of two aspects in the text: that of migration—one really gets a good idea of how many people came to the U.S. and how many international influences there have been on people—and the ongoing discussion in the early chapters of temperance (the global reach, the role of women, and the impact of prohibition)."—Chad Parker, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195369533
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 790,891
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Schaller, University of Arizona
Robert Schulzinger, University of Colorado
John Bezis-Selfa, Wheaton College
Janette Thomas Greenwood, Clark University
Andrew Kirk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sarah Purcell, Grinnell College
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, West Virginia University

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Chapter 15: Reconstructing America, 1865-1877
Chapter 16: Forging a Transcontinental Nation, 1877-1900
Chapter 17: A New Industrial and Labor Order, 1877-1900
Chapter 18: Cities, Immigrants, Culture, and Politics, 1877-1900
Chapter 19: The U.S. Expands Its Reach, 1892-1912
Chapter 20: An Age of Progressive Reform, 1890-1920
Chapter 21: America and the Great War, 1914-1920
Chapter 22: A New Era, 1920-1930
Chapter 23: A New Deal for Americans, 1931-1939
Chapter 24: Arsenal of Democracy Chapter 25: Prosperity and Liberty Under the Shadow of the Bomb, 1945-1952
Chapter 26: The Dynamic 1950s Chapter 27: The Optimism and the Anguish of the 1960s Chapter 28: The Vietnam Era, 1961-1975
Chapter 29: Conservatism Resurgent, 1974-1988
Chapter 30: After the Cold War, 1988-2000
Chapter 31: Twenty-First Century Dangers and Promises

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