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 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
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.”