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This highly visual survey of U.S. History introduces students to the key features of American political, social, and economic history in an exciting format designed to ignite students passion to know history .  The Teaching & Learning Classroom Edition of the highly successful The American Journey provides students with the most help available in reading, thinking, and applying the material they are learning in the text and in lecture. A series of pedagogical aids, in text and out of class study companions, as well as complete instructor presentational and assessment support make this text the perfect choice for those looking to make history come alive for their students.


The path that led the authors to The American Journey began in the classroom with their students.  The goal of this text is to make American history accessible to students.  The key to that goal--the core of the book--is a strong, clear narrative and a positive theme of The American "Journey."  American history is a compelling story that the authors tell in an engaging, forthright way, while providing students with an abundance of tools to help them absorb that story and put it into context.  This text combines political and social history, to fit the experience of particular groups into the broader perspective of the American past, to give voice to minor and major players alike, because the history of America is in the stories of its people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136032885
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Goldfield received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland. Since 1982 he has been Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He is the author or editor of thirteen books on various aspects of southern and urban history. Two of his works—Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers: Southern City and Region, 1607-1980 (1982) and Black, White, and Southern: Race Relations and Southern Culture, 1940 to the Present (1990)—received the Mayflower Award for nonfiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history. His most recent book is Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History (2002). When he is not writing history, Dr. Goldfield applies his historical craft to history museum exhibits, voting rights cases, and local planning and policy issues.


Carl Abbott is a professor of Urban Studies and planning at Portland State University. He taught previously in the history departments at the University of Denver and Old Dominion University, and held visiting appointments at Mesa College in Colorado and George Washington University. He holds degrees in history from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago. He specializes in the history of cities and the American West and serves as co-editor of the Pacific Historical Review. His books include The New Urban America: Growth and Politics in Sunbelt Cities (1981, 1987), The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West (1993), Planning a New West: The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (1997), and Political Terrain: Washington, D.C. from Tidewater Town toGlobal Metropolis (1999). He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the role of urbanization and urban culture in the history of western North America.


Virginia DeJohn Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut. As the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, she earned an M.A. degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Returning to the United States, she received her A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. She is the author of New England’s Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century (1991) and several articles on colonial history, which have appeared in such journals as the William and Mary Quarterly and the New England Quarterly. She is currently finishing a book entitled Creatures of Empire: People and Animals in Early America.


Jo Ann E. Argersinger received her Ph.D. from George Washington University and is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is a historian of social, labor, and business policy. Her publications include Toward a New Deal in Baltimore: People and Government in the Great Depression (1988) and Making the Amalgamated: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Baltimore Clothing Industry (1999).


Peter H. Argersinger received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. He has won several fellowships as well as the Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians. Among his books on American political and rural history are Populism and Politics (1974), Structure, Process, and Party (1992), and The Limits of Agrarian Radicalism (1995). His current research focuses on the political crisis of the 1890s.


William L. Barney is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has published extensively on nineteenth century U.S. history and has a particular interest in the Old South and the coming of the Civil War. Among his publications are The Road to Secession (1972), The Secessionist Impulse (1974), Flawed Victory (1975), The Passage of the Republic (1987), and Battleground for the Union (1989). He is currently finishing an edited collection of essays on nineteenth-century America and a book on the Civil War. Most recently, he has edited A Companion to 19th-Century America (2001) and finished The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Student Companion (2001).


Robert M. Weir is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He has taught at the University of Houston and, as a visiting professor, at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. His articles have won prizes from the Southeastern Society for the Study of the Eighteenth Century and the William and Mary Quarterly. Among his publications are Colonial South Carolina: A History, “The Last of American Freemen”: Studies in the Political Culture of the Colonial and Revolutionary South, and, more recently, a chapter on the Carolinas in the new Oxford History of the British Empire (1998).
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Table of Contents

1. Worlds Apart. 

Native American Societies before 1492

Paleo-Indians and the Archaic Period

The Development of Agriculture

Nonfarming Societies

Mesoamerican Civilizations

North America’s Diverse Cultures

The Caribbean Islanders

West African Societies

Geographical and Political Differences

Family Structure and Religion

 European Merchants in West Africa and the Slave Trade

Western Europe on the Eve of Exploration

The Consolidation of Political and Military Authority

Religious Conflict and the Protestant Reformation


The Lure of Discovery

Christopher Columbus and the Westward Route to Asia

The Spanish Conquest and Colonization

The Columbian Exchange

Cultural Perceptions and Misperceptions

Competition for a Continent

Early French Efforts in North America

English Attempts in the New World

 2. Transplantation, 1600-1685.

 The French in North America

 The Quest for Furs and Converts

 The Development of New France

 The Dutch Overseas Empire

 The Dutch East India Company

 The West India Company and New Netherland

 English Settlement in the Chesapeake

 The Ordeal of Early Virginia

 The Importance of Tobacco

 Maryland: A Refuge for Catholics

 Life in the Chesapeake Colonies

 The Founding of New England

 The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

 Massachusetts Bay Colony and Its Offshoots

 Families, Farms, and Communities in Early New England

 Competition in the Caribbean

 Sugar and Slaves

 A Biracial Society

 The Restoration Colonies

 Early Carolina: Colonial Aristocracy and Slave Labor

 Pennsylvania: The Dream of Toleration and  Peace

 New Netherland Becomes New York

 3. The Creation of New Worlds.

Indians and Europeans

Indian Workers in the Spanish Borderlands

The Web of Trade

Displacing Native Americans in the English Colonies

Bringing Christianity to Native Peoples

After the First Hundred Years: Conflict and War

Africans and Europeans

Labor Needs and the Turn to Slavery

The Shock of Enslavement

African Slaves in the New World

African American Families and Communities

Resistance and Rebellion

European Laborers in Early America

A Spectrum of Control

New European Immigrants

4. Convergence and Conflict, 1660s-1763.

Economic Development and Imperial Trade in the British Colonies

The Regulation of Trade

The Colonial Export Trade and the Spirit of Enterprise

The Import Trade and Ties of Credit

Becoming More Like Britain: The Growth of Cities and Inequality

The Transformation of Culture

Goods and Houses

Shaping Minds and Manners

Colonial Religion and the Great Awakening

The Colonial Political World

The Dominion of New England and the Limits of British Control

The Legacy of the Glorious Revolution

Diverging Politics in the Colonies and Great Britain

Expanding Empires

British Colonists in the Backcountry

The Spanish in Texas and California

The French along the Mississippi and in Louisiana

A Century of Warfare

Imperial Conflict and the Establishment of an American Balance of Power, 1689—1738

King George’s War Shifts the Balance, 1739—1754

The French and Indian War, 1754—1760: A Decisive Victory

The Triumph of the British Empire, 1763

5. Imperial Breakdown, 1763-1774.

Imperial Reorganization

British Problems

Dealing with the New Territories

The Status of Native Americans

Curbing the Assemblies

The Sugar and Stamp Acts

American Reactions

Constitutional Issues

Taxation and the Political Culture

Protesting the Taxes

The Aftermath of the Stamp Act Crisis

A Strained Relationship

Regulator Movements

The Townshend Crisis

Townshend’s Plan

American Boycott

The Boston Massacre

The “Quiet Period”

The Boston Tea Party

The Intolerable Acts

The Road to Revolution

Protestantism and the American Response to the Intolerable Acts

The First Continental Congress

The Continental Association

Political Divisions

6. The War for Independence, 1774-1783.

The Outbreak of War and the Declaration of Independence, 1774—1776

Mounting Tensions

The Loyalists’ Dilemma

British Coercion and Conciliation

The Battles of Lexington and Concord

The Second Continental Congress, 1775—1776

Commander in Chief George Washington

Early Fighting: Massachusetts, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Canada


Religion, Virtue, and Republicanism

The Combatants

Professional Soldiers

Women in the Contending Armies

African-American Participation in the War

Native Americans and the War

The War in the North, 1776—1777

Britain Hesitates: Crucial Battles in New York and New Jersey

The Year of the Hangman: Victory at Saratoga and Winter at Valley Forge

The War Widens, 1778—1781

The United States Gains an Ally

Fighting on the Frontier and at Sea

The Land War Moves South

American Counterattacks

The American Victory, 1782—1783

The Peace of Paris

The Components of Success

The War and Society, 1775—1783

The Women’s War

Effect of the War on African Americans

The War’s Impact on Native Americans

Economic Disruption

The Price of Victory

7. The First Republic, 1776-1789.

The New Order of Republicanism  

Defining the People  

The State Constitutions  

The Articles of Confederation  

Problems at Home 

The Fiscal Crisis  

Economic Depression  

The Economic Policies of the States  

Congress and the West  

Diplomatic Weaknesses  

Impasse with Britain  

Spain and the Mississippi River  

Toward a New Union  

The Road to Philadelphia  

The Convention at Work  

Overview of the Constitution  

The Struggle over Ratification

8. A New Republic and the Rise of the Parties, 1789-1800.

 Washington’s America

 The Uniformity of New England

 The Pluralism of the Mid-Atlantic Region

 The Slave South and Its Backcountry

 The Growing West

 Forging a New Government

 Mr. President” and the Bill of Rights

 Departments and Courts

 Revenue and Trade

 Hamilton and the Public Credit

 Reaction and Opposition

 The Emergence of Parties

 The French Revolution

 Securing the Frontier

 The Whiskey Rebellion

 Treaties with Britain and Spain

The First Partisan Election

 The Last Federalist Administration

 The French Crisis and the XYZ Affair

 Crisis at Home

 The End of the Federalists

9. The Triumph and Collapse of Jeffersonian Republicanism, 1800-1824.

Jefferson’s Presidency

Reform at Home

 The Louisiana Purchase

 Florida and Western Schemes

 Embargo and a Crippled Presidency

 Madison and the Coming of War

 The Failure of Economic Sanctions

 The Frontier and Indian Resistance

 Decision for War

 The War of 1812

 Setbacks in Canada

 Western Victories and British Offensives

 The Treaty of Ghent and the Battle of New Orleans

 The Era of Good Feelings

 Economic Nationalism

 Judicial Nationalism

 Toward a Continental Empire

 The Breakdown of Unity

 The Panic of 1819

 The Missouri Compromise

 The Election of 1824

10. The Jacksonian Era, 1824-1845.

 The Egalitarian Impulse

 The Extension of White Male Democracy

 The Popular Religious Revolt

 The Rise of the Jacksonians

 Jackson’s Presidency

 Jackson’s Appeal

 Indian Removal

 The Nullification Crisis

 The Bank War

 Van Buren and Hard Times

 The Panic of 1837

 The Independent Treasury

 Uproar over Slavery

 The Rise of the Whig Party

 The Party Taking Shape

 Whig Persuasion

 The Election of 1840

 The Whigs in Power

 Harrison and Tyler

 The Texas Issue

 The Election of 1844

11. Slavery and the Old South, 1800-1860.

The Lower South

Cotton and Slaves

The Profits of Slavery

 The Upper South

 A Period of Economic Adjustment

 The Decline of Slavery

  Slave Life and Culture

 Work Routines and Living Conditions

 Families and Religion


 Free Society

 The Slaveholding Minority

 The White Majority

 Free Black People

 The Proslavery Argument

12. The Market Revolution and Social Reform, 1815-1850.

Industrial Change and Urbanization

The Transportation Revolution

Cities and Immigrants

The Industrial Revolution

Growing Inequality and New Classes

Reform and Moral Order

The Benevolent Empire

The Temperance Movement

Women’s Role in Reform

Backlash against Benevolence

Institutions and Social Improvement

School Reform

Prisons, Workhouses, and Asylums

Utopian Alternatives

A Distinctly National Literature

Abolitionism and Women’s Rights

Rejecting Colonization


The Women’s Rights Movement

Political Antislavery

13. The Way West.

The Agricultural Frontier  

The Crowded East 

The Old Northwest  

The Old Southwest  

The Frontier of the Plains Indians 

Tribal Lands 

The Fur Traders  

The Oregon Trail  

The Mexican Borderlands  

The Peoples of the Southwest 

The Americanization of Texas

The Push into California and the Southwest 

Politics, Expansion, and War  

Manifest Destiny   

The Mexican War  

14. The Politics of Sectionalism, 1846-1861.

Slavery in the Territories

The Wilmot Proviso

The Election of 1848

The Gold Rush

The Compromise of 1850

Response to the Fugitive Slave Act

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Election of 1852

Political Realignment

Young America’s Foreign Misadventures

Stephen Douglas’s Railroad Proposal

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

“Bleeding Kansas”

Know-Nothings and Republicans: Religion and Politics

The Election of 1856

The Dred Scott Case

The Lecompton Constitution

The Religious Revival of 1857–58

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Road to Disunion

North-South Differences

 John Brown’s Raid

The Election of 1860

Secession Begins

Presidential Inaction

Peace Proposals

Lincoln’s Views on Secession

Fort Sumter: The Tug Comes

15. Battle Cries and Freedom Songs: The Civil War, 1861-1865.

 Mobilization, North and South

 War Fever

 The North’s Advantage in Resources

 Leaders, Governments, and Strategies

 The Early War, 1861–1862

 First Bull Run

 The War in the West

 Reassessing the War: The Human Toll

 The War in the East

 Turning Points, 1862–1863

 The Naval War and the Diplomatic War



 From Fredericksburg to Gettysburg

 Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and the West

 The War Transforms the North

 Wartime Legislation and Politics

 The Northern Economy

 Northern Women and the War

 The Confederacy Disintegrates

 Southern Politics

 Southern Faith

 The Southern Economy

 Southern Women and the War

The Union Prevails, 1864–1865

 Grant’s Plan to End the War

 The Election of 1864 and Sherman’s March

 The Road to Appomattox and the Death of Lincoln

16. Reconstruction, 1865-1877.

 White Southerners and the Ghosts of the Confederacy, 1865

 More than Freedom: African-American Aspirations in 1865


 Forty Acres and a Mule”

 Migration to Cities

 Faith and Freedom

 Federal Reconstruction, 1865—1870

 Presidential Reconstruction, 1865—1867

 Congressional Reconstruction, 1867—1870

 Southern Republican Governments 1867—1870

 Counter-Reconstruction, 1870—1874

 The Uses of Violence

 Northern Indifference

  Liberal Republicans and the Election of 1872

 Economic Transformation

 Redemption, 1874—1877</H1>

 The Democrats’ Violent Resurgence

 The Weak Federal Response

 The Election of 1876 and the Compromise of 1877

 The Memory of Reconstruction

 The Failed Promise of Reconstruction

 Modest Gains and Future Victories


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