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A condensed version of The American People, Fifth Edition, this engaging text examines U.S. history as revealed through the experiences of all Americans, both ordinary and extraordinary. With a thought-provoking and rich presentation, the authors explore the complex lives of Americans of all national origins and cultural backgrounds, at all levels of society, and in all regions of the country. A vibrant four-color design and compact size make this book accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.
Recovering the Past.
About the Authors.
I. A Colonizing People, Prehistory–1776.
II. A Revolutionary People, 1775-1828.
1. Ancient America and Africa.
The Peoples of America Before Columbus.
Africa on the Eve of Contact.
Europe on the Eve of Invading the Americas.
Conclusion: The Approach of a New Global Age.
2. Europeans and Africans Reach the Americas.
Breaching the Atlantic.
The Spanish Conquest of America.
England Looks West.
Recovering the Past: Illustrated Travel Accounts.
Conclusion: Converging Worlds.
3. Colonizing a Continent in the Seventeenth Century.
The Chesapeake Tobacco Coast.
Recovering the Past: Houses.
Massachusetts and Its Offspring.
From the St. Lawrence to the Hudson.
Proprietary Carolina: A Restoration Reward.
The Quakers’ Peaceable Kingdom.
New Spain’s Northern Frontier.
An Era of Instability.
Conclusion: The Achievement of New Societies.
4. The Maturing of Colonial Society.
The North: A Land of Family Farms.
The Plantation South.
Contending for a Continent.
The Urban World of Commerce and Ideas.
The Great Awakening.
Conclusion: America in 1750.
5. The Strains of Empire.
The Climactic Seven Years’ War.
The Crisis with England.
Recovering the Past: Poetry.
The Ideology of Revolutionary Republicanism.
The Turmoil of a Rebellious People.
Conclusion: On the Brink of Revolution.
6. A People in Revolution.
Bursting the Colonial Bonds.
The War for American Independence.
The Experience of War.
Recovering the Past: Military Muster Rolls.
The Ferment of Revolutionary Politics.
Conclusion: The Crucible of Revolution.
7. Consolidating the Revolution.
Struggling with the Peacetime Agenda.
Sources of Political Conflict.
Political Tumult in the States.
Toward a New National Government.
Recovering the Past: Patriotic Paintings.
Conclusion: Completing the Revolution.
8. Creating a Nation.
Launching the National Republic.
The Republic in a Threatening World.
The Political Crisis Deepens.
Restoring American Liberty.
Building an Agrarian Nation.
A Foreign Policy for the New Nation.
Conclusion: A Period of Trial and Transition.
9. Society and Politics in the Early Republic.
A Nation of Regions.
Indian-White Relations in the Early Republic.
Perfecting a Democratic Society.
The End of Neo-Colonialism.
Knitting the Nation Together.
Politics in Transition.
Conclusion: The Passing of an Era.
III. An Expanding People, 1820-1877.
10. Currents of Change in the Northeast and the Old Northwest.
A New England Textile Town.
Factories on the Frontier.
Conclusion: The Character of Progress.
11. Slavery and the Old South.
Building a Diverse Cotton Kingdom.
Morning: Master and Mistress in the Big House.
Noon: Slaves in House and Fields.
Night: Slaves in Their Quarters.
Recovering the Past: Folktales.
Resistance and Freedom.
Conclusion: Douglass’s Dream of Freedom.
12. Shaping America in the Antebellum Age.
Religious Revival and Reform Philosophy.
The Political Response to Change.
Perfectionist Reform and Utopianism.
Recovering the Past: Family Portraits.
Abolitionism and Women’s Rights.
Conclusion: Perfecting America.
13. Moving West.
Probing the Trans-Mississippi West.
Winning the Trans-Mississippi West.
Going West and East.
Recovering the Past: Personal Diaries.
Living in the West.
Cultures in Conflict.
Conclusion: Fruits of Manifest Destiny.
14. The Union in Peril.
Slavery in the Territories.
Recovering the Past: Senate Speeches.
Kansas and the Two Cultures.
Polarization and the Road to War.
The Divided House Falls.
Conclusion: The “Irrepressible Conflict.”
15. The Union Severed.
Organizing for War.
Clashing on the Battlefield, 1861-1862.
The Tide Turns, 1863-1865.
Changes Wrought by War.
Recovering the Past: Photography.
Conclusion: An Uncertain Future.
16. The Union Reconstructed.
The Bittersweet Aftermath of War.
National Reconstruction Politics.
Recovering the Past: Novels.
The Lives of Freedpeople.
Reconstruction in the States.
Conclusion: A Mixed Legacy.