American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume I: To 1877

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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 relevance 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

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"The greatest strength of this text's global approach is that it comes without sacrificing depth, analytical breadth, or attention to those key figures and events central to more nation-based histories of the U.S. This is global history, plus."--Nico Slate, Carnegie Mellon University

"This is a wonderful and much-needed approach to the survey. It is exceptional and will force students to engage with American history from a fresh and relevant perspective."--Jeffrey Kosiorek, Hendrix College

"I can honestly say that this textbook not only presents the information in a new light, but does it so much so that I would seriously consider changing textbooks."--Robin Henry, Wichita State University

"The scholarship is particularly strong. I am impressed with how well the authors have managed to link the global concepts to virtually every area of American history."--Bill Wood, University of Arkansas at Batesville

"American Horizons does a great job connecting American history to world events, and showing how American and world history play off of one another."--Cynthia Counsil, Florida State College at Jacksonville

"An exceptional book for instructors wishing to globalize American history."--Kurt Troutman, Muskegon Community College

"The 'Global Passages' features are wonderful-more of those micro-histories I incorporate so often in my courses, and which students find so helpful."--Brenda Jackson-Abernathy, Belmont University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195369526
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 512,410
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (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

Chapter 1: North America Encounters the Atlantic World, Prehistory-1565

North America to 1500
The First Millennia of Indian North America Farmers, Hunters and Gatherers The Rise and Decline of Urban Indian North America Indian North America in the Century before Contact

Making an Atlantic World, 1400-1513
Western Europe in the Fifteenth Century Iberians, Africans, and the Creation of an Eastern Atlantic World Columbus and the First Encounter The Atlantic World Invades the Caribbean

The Atlantic World enters North America, 1513-1565
The Fall of the Mexica Invasions of North America and the Rise of Imperial Competition Religious Reformation, Imperial Rivalries, and Piracy The Founding of Florida

Chapter 2: Colonists on the Margins, 1565-1640

Conquest Begins and Trade Expands, 1565-1607
Spain Stakes Claim to Florida New Spain into the Southwest England Enters Eastern North America Imports and a Changing Indian Northeast

European Islands in an Algonquian Ocean, 1607-1625
Tsenacommacah and Virginia New France, New Netherland, New Indian Northeast Pilgrims and Algonquians

Seeking God, Seizing Land, Reaping Conflict, 1625-c. 1640
Missionaries and Indians in New France and New Mexico Migration and the Expansion of Dutch and English North America Dissent in the City upon a Hill Colonist-Algonquian Wars

Chapter 3: Forging Tighter Bonds, 1640 to the 1690s

Uncivil Wars, 1640-1660
Smallpox and War Plague the Great Lakes English Civil Wars and the Remaking of English America Planters and Slaves of the Caribbean Church and Indians in the Southeast and Southwest

New Imperial Orders, 1660-1680
English Empire and the Conquest of New Netherland Quebec and the Expansion of French America Chesapeake Servitude, Mainland Slavery The Creation of South Carolina Metacom and the Algonquian Battle for New England

Victorious Pueblos, a New Mid-Atlantic, and "Glorious" Revolutions, 1680 to the 1690s
The Pueblo War for Independence A More Multicultural Mid-Atlantic English North America's "Glorious" Revolutions North America's Hundred Years' War Begins

Chapter 4: Accelerating the Pace of Change, c. 1690-1730

Turmoil in Indian North America Horses and Violence on the Northern Plains Indians and Hispanics Forge a New Southwest Indians, the French, and the Making of Louisiana Indians, Empires, and the Remaking of the Southeast The Iroquois, Great Lakes Peoples, and the Northeast

Migration, Religion and Empires
The Africanization of North America The "Naturalization" of Slavery and Racism European Immigrants and Imperial Expansion Pietism and Atlantic Protestantism Imperial Authority and Colonial Resistance

Laying Foundations in British North America
An Industrious Revolution A Creole Elite Pursues Gentility The Anglo-Atlantic's Communications Revolution

Chapter 5: Battling for Souls, Minds, and the Heart of North America, 1730-1763

Immigrants and Indians Immigrants in Chains The Making of Irish and German America Indians in Motion Slave Resistance, the Southeast, and the Greater Caribbean

Minds, Souls and Wallets
North Americans Engage the Enlightenment Becoming a Consumer Society Revivals and the Rise of Evangelical Christianity African, African American and Indian Awakenings

North America and the First World War for Empire, 1754-1763
The Road to War The Course of War New Divisions Refugees and Exiles

Chapter 6: Empire & Resistance, 1763-1776

English & Spanish Imperial Reform
Transatlantic Trade as an Engine of Conflict Grenville's Program Pontiac's Rebellion Bourbon Reforms The Enlightenment and Colonial Identity

Stamp Act and Resistance
Parliamentary Action Protest & Repeal Empire & Authority

Consumer Resistance
Townshend Duties The Non-Importation Movement Men & Women: Tea & Politics The Boston Massacre

Resistance Becomes Revolution
Boston Tea Party & Coercive Acts Empire, Control, and the Language of Slavery Mobilization War Begins

Declaring Independence
The World's First Declaration of Independence Establishment of Comandancia General of the Interior Provinces Ideology and Resistance Taking Stock of Empire

Chapter 7: A Revolutionary Nation, 1776-1789

The Revolution Takes Root
Ideology and Transatlantic Politics Trying Times: War Continues Alliance with France

The Structure of Authority
State Governments Articles of Confederation Military Organization Diplomacy & International Finance

Securing Independence
War at Sea War in the South Loyalists: Resistance & Migration Indian Warfare African Americans at War Peace And Shifting Empires

Restructuring Social and Political Authority
Power in the States Economic Change Women & Revolution Racial Ideology and Questioning Slavery

A Federal Nation
Debt & Discontent Constitutional Convention Ratification

Chapter 8: A New Nation Facing a Revolutionary World, 1789-1815

The United States in the Age of the French Revolution
The New Nation and the New Revolution The Rise of Party Tensions Neutrality and Jay's Treaty The Popular Politics of Rebellion Indian Warfare and European Power

Party Conflict Intensifies
Adams in Power Quasi-War with France Alien and Sedition Acts Slave Rebellions: Saint Domingue and Virginia

The "Revolution" of 1800 and the Revolution of 1804
Jefferson Elected Democracy: Limits and Conflicts Haitian Revolution The Louisiana Purchase

Trade, Conflict, Warfare
Transatlantic and Caribbean Trade Mediterranean Trade: Barbary Wars Western Discontents European Wars and Commercial Sanctions

The War of 1812
War Declared Opposition to the War of 1812
U.S. Offensives in Canada Tecumseh and Pan-Indian Resistance Naval War British Offensive The War Ends

Chapter 9: American Peoples on the Move, 1789- 1824

Exploration and Encounter
Lewis and Clark Expedition Zebulon Pike Plains Indian Peoples Astor and the Fur Trade Asian Trade

Shifting Borders
Jeffersonian Agrarianism Northwest, Southwest, and New States The Missouri Compromise African-American Migration and Colonization Spanish Expansion in California

Social and Cultural Shifts
Indian Acculturation Gender in Early Republican Society Literature and Popular Culture African-American Culture: Slaves and Free People Roots of the Second Great Awakening

Financial Expansion
Banks and Panics Corporations and the Supreme Court

Politics and Hemispheric Change
First Seminole War Transcontinental (Adams-Oñis) Treaty The United States and Latin American Revolutions The Monroe Doctrine

Chapter 10: Market Revolutions and the Rise of Democracy, 1789-1832

The Market System
Internal and External Markets Technology: Domestic Invention and Global Appropriation Water and Steam Power Transportation and Communication

Markets and Social Relationships
Manufacturing and the Factory System Slavery and Markets Class and Consumerism Urban and Rural Life

Democracy and the Public Sphere
Voting and Politics Election of 1824
John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson, "The People," and the Election of 1828
Jackson and the Veto

Economic Opportunity and Territorial Expansion
Texas Colonization Santa Fe Trail The Black Hawk War

Expanding Markets
The Legal Structures of Capitalism The Inland Empire The Industrial Revolution

Chapter 11: New Boundaries, New Roles, 1820-1856

An Expanding Nation
Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears Re-Peopling the West Latin American Filibustering and the Texas Independence Movement Pacific Explorations

The New Challenge of Labor
White Workers, Unions, and Class Consciousness Foreign-born Workers The New Middle Class The Expansion of Slavery and Slaves as Workers

Men and Women in Antebellum America
Gender and Economic Change Ladies, Women, and Working Girls Masculinity on the Ttrail, in the Cities, and on the Farm Men and Women in the Southwest

Freedom for Some
The Nature of Democracy in the Atlantic World The Second Party System Democracy in the South Conflicts over Slavery

Chapter 12: Religion and Reform, 1820-1850

Second Great Awakening
Spreading the Word Building a Christian Nation Interpreting the Message

Northern Reform
The Temperance Crusade The Rising Power of American Abolition Women's Rights Making a Moral Society

Southern Reform
Sin, Salvation, and Honor Pro-Slavery Reform Nat Turner and Afro-Christianity Southern Anti-slavery Reformers

Challenges to the Spirit of the Age
Emerson, Thoreau, and the American Soul The First Mass Culture The American Renaissance Politics as Gospel

Chapter 13: A House Dividing, 1844-1860

The Expansion of America
The American Invasion and Conquest of Mexico The Geography and Ecology of the New American West Conestogas, Commanches, and Californios

Contested Citizenship
The Patterns of Migration Immigrants in America Race, Ethnicity, and the Invention of Americanism The Know-Nothing Movement

Slavery and Antebellum Life
The Paradox of Slavery and Modernity The West Indies, Brazil, and the Future of Slavery Inside the Quarter The Creation of African America

The Rise of the Republicans
Free Soil and Free Labor The Politics of Slave Catching The Politics of Expansion The Politics of Sectionalism

Chapter 14: The Civil War, 1860-1865

Secession, 1860-1861
The Secession of the Lower South Fort Sumter and the Secession of the Upper South Mobilization for War From the Ballot to the Bullet

War in Earnest, 1862-1863
The North Advances Stalemate in the East Southern and Northern Home Fronts The Struggle for European Support

A New Birth of Freedom: Emancipation
Slaves Take Flight From Confiscation to Emancipation Government Centralization in Wartime

The Hard War, 1863-1864
Invasion and Occupation Black Soldiers, Black Flags The Campaigns of Grant and Sherman

Victory and Defeat, 1865
American Nationalism, Southern Nationalism The New Challenge of Race The Scars of War The Last Best Hope of Man?

Chapter 15: Reconstructing America, 1865-1877

The Year of Jubilee, 1865
African American Families Southern Whites and the Problem of Defeat Emancipation in Comparative Perspective

Shaping Reconstruction, 1865-1868
Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction The Fight Over Reconstruction The Civil War Amendments and American Citizenship Congressional Reconstruction

Reconstruction in the South, 1866-1876
African American Life in the Postwar South Republican Governments in the Postwar South Cotton, Merchants, and the Lien

The End of Reconstruction, 1877
The Ku Klux Klan and Reconstruction Violence Northern Weariness and Northern Conservatism Legacies of Reconstruction

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