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The American Nation, 13th Edition, Volume I Mark C. Carnes John A. Garraty

It took the voices and actions of many different people to produce the singular structure of the United States, and because of this, the country’s political history is intimately tied with its social, economic, and cultural development. In The American Nation, co-authors Mark Carnes and John Garraty explore this complicated and fascinating relationship between politics and people.

Long renowned for its elegant narrative style, The American Nation, 13th Edition retains its most significant strength–its rich and memorable prose. Paired with features such as “Debating the Past,” “Mapping the Past,” and “Re-Viewing the Past,” Carnes and Garraty explore the depth and complexity of the United States’ political framework, while making it easier for students to understand and explore.

New Features

• New chapter introductions tie the historical events of the chapter with contemporary issues, and offer a unique way for the text to show the relevance of history to students’ lives.
• Revised and updated scholarship throughout the book offers new perspectives while streamlining and sharpening the prose. For example, Chapters 1-2 have been extensively revised to expand the discussion of Native American societies.
• New Questions for Discussion are included in the “Re-Viewing the Past,” “Mapping the Past,” and “American Lives” features in order to spark class discussion and analysis or to prompt writing assignments.
• A new Glossary at the end of the text defines several important concepts, events, or phenomena highlighted as key terms in each chapter.

Available versions of The American Nation
Single Volume Edition ISBN 0-205-56272-8
Volume I (to 1877) ISBN 0-205-56805-X Volume II (since 1865) ISBN 0-205-56810-6

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205568055
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Series: MyHistoryLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark C. Carnes received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, where he studied and trained with Professor John A. Garraty. The Ann Whitney Olin Professor History at Barnard College, Columbia University, Professor Carnes has chaired both the departments of History and American Studies at Barnard. In addition to this textbook, Carnes and Garraty have co-authored Mapping America’s Past: A Historical Atlas and are co-general editors of the 24-volume American National Biography, for which they were awarded the Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association, the Darmouth Prize of the American Library Association, and the Hawkins Prize of the American Association of Publishers. In addition, Carnes has published numerous books in American social and cultural history, including Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies (1995), Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Past (and Each Other) (2001), and Invisible Giants: 50 Americans That Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books (2002). Carnes also created “Reacting to the Past”, which won the Theodore Hesburgh Award, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, as the outstanding pedagogical innovation of 2004.

“Garraty preaches a particular doctrine on historical writing, expounding on the details of a complex process whereby the murky abstractions of the past are distilled into clean, clear narrative. He insists that the writer’s sole duty is to readers. This literary alchemy is all the more wondrous for being so devoid of artifice,” Carnes observes.

John A. Garraty. Holding a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an L.H.D. from Michigan State University, Professor Garraty is Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia. He is the author, co-author, and editor of scores of books and articles, among them biographies of Silas Wright, Henry Cabot Lodge, Woodrow Wilson, George W. Perkins, and Theodore Roosevelt. Along with Mark Carnes, he is co-editor of the American National Biography. Garraty has also contributed a volume–The New Commonwealth–to the New American Nation series and edited Quarrels That Shaped the Constitution. He was a member of the Board of Directors of American heritage magazine and served as both vice president and head of the teaching division of the American Historical Association. His areas of research interest include the Gilded age, unemployment (in a historical sense), and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Of his collaboration with Carnes on The American Nation, Garraty says, “Although this volume is the work of two authors, it is as nearly the product of a single historical sensibility as is possible. Mark’s scholarly specialization in cultural and social issues, especially gender, complements mine in politics and the economy. The book has benefited, too, from his special interest in postwar America. Over the many years of our collaborations, one of our favorite topics of discussion has been the craft of historical writing. We share a commitment to clarity and conciseness. We strive to avoid jargon and verbiage. We believe that while the political history of the nation provides a useful narrative framework, its people are what give the story meaning.”

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Table of Contents

Maps and Graphs


American Lives

Re-Viewing the Past

Mapping the Past

Debating the Past


About the Authors



First Peoples

The Demise of the Big Mammals

The Archaic Period: A World Without Big Mammals

The First Sedentary Communities

The Maize Revolution

The Diffusion of Corn

Population Growth After 800

Cahokia: The Hub of Mississippian Culture

The Collapse of Urban Centers

Eurasia and Africa

Europe in Ferment


Who—or What—Killed the Big Mammals?

Mapping the Past

Debate over the Earliest Route to the Americas

Chapter 1

Alien Encounters: Europe in the Americas


Columbus’s Great Triumph—and Error

Spain’s American Empire

Extending Spain’s Empire to the North

Disease and Population Losses

Ecological Imperialism

Spain’s European Rivals

The Protestant Reformation

English Beginnings in America

The Settlement of Virginia

“Purifying” the Church of England

Bradford and Plymouth Colony

Winthrop and Massachusetts Bay Colony

Troublemakers: Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson

Other New England Colonies

French and Dutch Settlements

Maryland and the Carolinas

The Middle Colonies

Cultural Collisions

Cultural Fusions


How Many Indians Perished with European Settlement?

American Lives


Chapter 2

American Society in the Making

Settlement of New France

Society in New Mexico, Texas, and California

The English Prevail on the Atlantic Seaboard

The Chesapeake Colonies

The Lure of Land

“Solving” the Labor Shortage: Slavery

Prosperity in a Pipe: Tobacco

Bacon’s Rebellion

The Carolinas

Home and Family in the South

Georgia and the Back Country

Puritan New England

The Puritan Family

Visible Puritan Saints and Others

Democracies Without Democrats

The Dominion of New England

Salem Bewitched

Higher Education in New England

A Merchant’s World

The Middle Colonies: Economic Basis

The Middle Colonies: An Intermingling of Peoples

“The Best Poor Man’s Country”

The Politics of Diversity

Becoming Americans

Re-Viewing the Past

The Crucible


Were Puritan Communities Peaceable?

Chapter 3

America in the British Empire

The British Colonial System


The Navigation Acts

The Effects of Mercantilism

The Great Awakening

The Rise and Fall of Jonathan Edwards

The Enlightenment in America

Colonial Scientific Achievements

Repercussions of Distant Wars

The Great War for the Empire

Britain Victorious: The Peace of Paris

Burdens of an Expanded Empire

Tightening Imperial Controls

The Sugar Act

American Colonists Demand Rights

The Stamp Act: The Pot Set to Boiling

Rioters or Rebels?

Taxation or Tyranny?

The Declaratory Act

The Townshend Duties

The Boston Massacre

The Pot Spills Over

The Tea Act Crisis

From Resistance to Revolution

American Lives

Eunice Williams/Gannenstenhawi


Do Artists Depict Historical Subjects Accurately?

Chapter 4

The American Revolution

“The Shot Heard Round the World”

The Second Continental Congress

The Battle of Bunker Hill

The Great Declaration

1776: The Balance of Forces


The British Take New York City

Saratoga and the French Alliance

The War Moves South

Victory at Yorktown

Negotiating a Favorable Peace

National Government Under the Articles of Confederation

Financing the War

State Republican Governments

Social Reform

Effects of the Revolution on Women

Growth of a National Spirit

The Great Land Ordinances

National Heroes

A National Culture

Re-Viewing the Past

The Patriot


Was the American Revolution Rooted in Class Struggle?

Chapter 5

The Federalist Era: Nationalism Triumphant

Inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation

Daniel Shays’s “Little Rebellion”

To Philadelphia, and the Constitution

The Great Convention

The Compromises That Produced the Constitution

Ratifying the Constitution

Washington as President

Congress Under Way

Hamilton and Financial Reform

The Ohio Country: A Dark and Bloody Ground

Revolution in France

Federalists and Republicans: The Rise of Political Parties

1794: Crisis and Resolution

Jay’s Treaty

1795: All’s Well That Ends Well

Washington’s Farewell

The Election of 1796

The XYZ Affair

The Alien and Sedition Acts

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolves

Mapping the Past

Depicting History with Maps


What Ideas Shaped the Constitution?

Chapter 6

Jeffersonian Democracy

Jefferson Elected President

The Federalist Contribution

Thomas Jefferson: Political Theorist

Jefferson as President

Jefferson’s Attack on the Judiciary

The Barbary Pirates

The Louisiana Purchase

The Federalists Discredited

Lewis and Clark

The Burr Conspiracy

Napoleon and the British

The Impressment Controversy

The Embargo Act

Jeffersonian Democracy

Mapping the Past

A Water Route to the Pacific?


Did Thomas Jefferson Father a Child by His Slave?

Chapter 7

National Growing Pains

Madison in Power

Tecumseh and Indian Resistance

Depression and Land Hunger

Opponents of War

The War of 1812

Britain Assumes the Offensive

“The Star Spangled Banner”

The Treaty of Ghent

The Hartford Convention

The Battle of New Orleans

Victory Weakens the Federalists

Anglo-American Rapprochement

The Transcontinental Treaty

The Monroe Doctrine

The Era of Good Feelings

New Sectional Issues

New Leaders

The Missouri Compromise

The Election of 1824

John Quincy Adams as President

Calhoun’s Exposition and Protest

The Meaning of Sectionalism

Mapping the Past

North–South Sectionalism Intensifies


How Did Indians and Settlers Interact?

Chapter 8

Toward a National Economy

Gentility and the Consumer Revolution

Birth of the Factory

An Industrial Proletariat?

Lowell’s Waltham System: Women as Factory Workers

Irish and German Immigrants

The Persistence of the Household System

Rise of Corporations

Cotton Revolutionizes the South

Revival of Slavery

Roads to Market

Transportation and the Government

Development of Steamboats

The Canal Boom

New York City: Emporium of the Western World

The Marshall Court

Mapping the Past

The Making of the Working Class


Did a “Market Revolution” Transform Early Nineteenth-Century America?

Chapter 9

Jacksonian Democracy

“Democratizing” Politics

1828: The New Party System in Embryo

The Jacksonian Appeal

The Spoils System

President of All the People

Sectional Tensions Revived

Jackson: “The Bank . . . I Will Kill It!”

Jackson’s Bank Veto

Jackson Versus Calhoun

Indian Removals

The Nullification Crisis

Boom and Bust

Jacksonianism Abroad

The Jacksonians

Rise of the Whigs

Martin Van Buren: Jacksonianism Without Jackson

The Log Cabin Campaign

American Lives

Horace Greeley


For Whom Did Jackson Fight?

Chapter 10

The Making of Middle-Class America

Tocqueville: Democracy in America

The Family Recast

The Second Great Awakening

The Era of Associations

Backwoods Utopias

The Age of Reform

“Demon Rum”

The Abolitionist Crusade

Women’s Rights

The Romantic View of Life

Emerson and Thoreau

Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Herman Melville

Walt Whitman

Reading and the Dissemination of Culture

Education for Democracy

The State of the Colleges

Mapping the Past

Small Families in the Northeast, Large Families in the Frontier


Did the Antebellum Reform Movement Improve Society?

Chapter 11

Westward Expansion

Tyler’s Troubles

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty

The Texas Question

Manifest Destiny

Life on the Trail

California and Oregon

The Election of 1844

Polk as President

War with Mexico

To the Halls of Montezuma

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The Fruits of Victory: Further Enlargement of the United States

Slavery: Storm Clouds Gather

The Election of 1848

The Gold Rush

The Compromise of 1850

Mapping the Past

The Political Geography of Slavery


Did the Frontier Change Women’s Roles?

Chapter 12

The Sections Go Their Ways

The South

The Economics of Slavery

Antebellum Plantation Life

The Sociology of Slavery

Psychological Effects of Slavery

Manufacturing in the South

The Northern Industrial Juggernaut

A Nation of Immigrants

How Wage Earners Lived

Progress and Poverty

Foreign Commerce

Steam Conquers the Atlantic

Canals and Railroads

Financing the Railroads

Railroads and the Economy

Railroads and the Sectional Conflict

The Economy on the Eve of Civil War

American Lives

Sojourner Truth


Did Slaves and Masters Form Emotional Bonds?

Chapter 13

The Coming of the Civil War

The Slave Power Comes North

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Diversions Abroad: The “Young America” Movement

Stephen Douglas: “The Little Giant”

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

Know-Nothings, Republicans, and the Demise of the Two-Party System

“Bleeding Kansas”

Senator Sumner Becomes a Martyr for Abolitionism

Buchanan Tries His Hand

The Dred Scott Decision

The Proslavery Lecompton Constitution

The Emergence of Lincoln

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

John Brown’s Raid

The Election of 1860

The Secession Crisis

Mapping the Past

Runaway Slaves: Hard Realities


Was the Civil War Avoidable?

Chapter 14

The War to Save the Union

Lincoln’s Cabinet

Fort Sumter: The First Shot

The Blue and the Gray

The Test of Battle: Bull Run

Paying for the War

Politics as Usual

Behind Confederate Lines

War in the West: Shiloh

McClellan: The Reluctant Warrior

Lee Counterattacks: Antietam

The Emancipation Proclamation

The Draft Riots

The Emancipated People

African American Soldiers

Antietam to Gettysburg

Lincoln Finds His General: Grant at Vicksburg

Economic and Social Effects, North and South

Women in Wartime

Grant in the Wilderness

Sherman in Georgia

To Appomattox Court House

Winners, Losers, and the Future

Re-Viewing the Past


Re-Viewing the Past

Cold Mountain


Why Did the South Lose the Civil War?

Chapter 15

Reconstruction and the South

The Assassination of Lincoln

Presidential Reconstruction

Republican Radicals

Congress Rejects Johnsonian Reconstruction

The Fourteenth Amendment

The Reconstruction Acts

Congress Supreme

The Fifteenth Amendment

“Black Republican” Reconstruction: Scalawags and Carpetbaggers

The Ravaged Land

Sharecropping and the Crop-Lien System

The White Backlash

Grant as President

The Disputed Election of 1876

The Compromise of 1877

Mapping the Past

The Politics of Reconstruction


Were Reconstruction Governments Corrupt?


The Declaration of Independence

The Articles of Confederation

The Constitution of the United States of America

Amendments to the Constitution

Presidential Elections, 1789–2004


Picture Credits


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