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 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

"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

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: 9780195369526
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,071,353
  • 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

Table of Contents Chapter 1: North America Encounters the Atlantic World Chapter 2: Colonists on the Margins, 1565-1640
Chapter 3: Forging Tighter Bonds, 1640 to the 1690s Chapter 4: Adjusting to Empires, c. 1690-1730
Chapter 5: Battling for Souls, Minds, and the Heart of North America, 1730-1763
Chapter 6: Empire & Resistance, 1763-1776
Chapter 7: A Revolutionary Nation, 1776-1789
Chapter 8: A New Nation Facing a Revolutionary World, 1789-1815
Chapter 9: American Peoples on the Move, 1789-1824
Chapter 10: Market Revolutions and the Rise of Democracy, 1789-1832
Chapter 11: New Boundaries, New Roles: 1820-1856
Chapter 12: Religion and Reform, 1820-1850
Chapter 13: A House Dividing, 1844-1860
Chapter 14: The Civil War Chapter 15: Reconstructing America, 1865-1877

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