The American Journey: A History of the United States, Volume 1 / Edition 5

The American Journey: A History of the United States, Volume 1 / Edition 5

by David Goldfield, William Barney, Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Robert E. Weir

ISBN-10: 0136032559

ISBN-13: 9780136032557

Pub. Date: 11/17/2008

Publisher: Prentice Hall

The American Journey, a cornerstone series for the U.S. History market, successfully blends the coverage of political and social histories of our great nation throughout the series. With this focus, the authors show that our attempt to live up to our American ideals is an ongoing journey. This journey, while still a work in progress, is increasingly more


The American Journey, a cornerstone series for the U.S. History market, successfully blends the coverage of political and social histories of our great nation throughout the series. With this focus, the authors show that our attempt to live up to our American ideals is an ongoing journey. This journey, while still a work in progress, is increasingly more inclusive of different groups and ideas.


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 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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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 PlymouthColony

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 

Religious Arguments 

Racial Arguments  

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

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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