American Promise, Volume II: From 1865: A History of the United States / Edition 4

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The American Promise is more teachable and memorable than any other U.S. survey text. The balanced narrative braids together political and social history so that students can discern overarching trends as well as individual stories. The voices of hundreds of Americans — from Presidents to pipefitters, and sharecroppers to suffragettes — animate the past and make concepts memorable.

The past comes alive for students through dynamic special features and a stunning and distinctive visual program. Over 775 contemporaneous illustrations — more than any competing text — draw students into the text, and more than 180 full-color maps increase students’ geographic literacy. A rich array of special features complements the narrative, offering more points of departure for assignments and discussion. Longstanding favorites include Documenting the American Promise, Historical Questions, The Promise of Technology, and Beyond America’s Borders, representing a key part of our effort to increase attention paid to the global context of American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312452933
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,291,787
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES L. ROARK (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of History at Emory University. He has written or edited four books, including, with Michael P. Johnson, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (1984).

MICHAEL P. JOHNSON (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University. He has written or edited six books, including No Chariot Let Down: Charleston’s Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War (1984) and Reading the American Past.

PATRICIA CLINE COHEN (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has written three books including The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York (1998).

SARAH STAGE (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of women’s studies at Arizona State University West. She has written three books, including Rethinking Women and Home Economics in the Twentieth Century (1997).

ALAN LAWSON (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is professor of history at Boston College. He has written or edited three books, including From Revolution to Republic (1976).

SUSAN M. HARTMANN (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of history at The Ohio State University. She has written five books, including The Other Feminists: Activists in the Liberal Establishments (1998).

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Table of Contents

N.B. — Each chapter ends with a selected Bibliography and Reviewing the Chapter sections.

16. Reconstruction, 1863–1877

OPENING VIGNETTE: James T. Rapier emerges in the early 1870s as Alabama’s most prominent black leader

Wartime Reconstruction


Presidential Reconstruction

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Filling the "Empty Sleeve": Artificial Limbs

Congressional Reconstruction

The Struggle in the South

HISTORICAL QUESTION: What Did the Ku Klux Klan Really Want?

Reconstruction Collapses

Conclusion: "A Revolution But Half Accomplished"

17. The Contested West, 1870–1900

OPENING VIGNETTE: Native American boarding school students celebrate Indian citizenship

Conquest and Empire in the West

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Imperialism, Colonialism, and the Treatment of the Sioux and the Zulu

Gold Fever and the Mining West


Land Fever

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Young Women Homesteaders and the Promise of the West

Conclusion: The Mythic West

18. Business and Politics in the Gilded Age, 1870–1895

OPENING VIGNETTE: Mark Twain and the Gilded Age

Old Industries Transformed, New Industries Born

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Railroad Track Mileage, 1890


THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Electrifying America: The War of the Currents

From Competition to Consolidation

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Social Darwinism: Did Wealthy Industrialists Practice What They Preached?

Politics and Culture

Presidential Politics

Economic Issues and Party Realignment

Conclusion: Business Dominates an Era

19. The City and Its Workers, 1870–1900

OPENING VIGNETTE: Workers build the Brooklyn Bridge

The Rise of the City

GLOBAL COMPARISON: European Emigration, 1870–1890

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Seeking Refuge: A Russian Jew Flees the Pogroms

At Work in Industrial America

Workers Organize

At Home and at Play

City Growth and City Government

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: The World’s Columbian Exposition and Nineteenth–Century World’s Fairs

Conclusion: Who Built the Cities?


OPENING VIGNETTE: Frances Willard participates in the creation of the Populist Party in 1892

The Farmers’ Revolt

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Share of the World Wheat Market, 1860–1890


The Labor Wars

Women’s Activism

Depression Politics

The United States and the World

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Regime Change in Hawaii

War and Empire

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Did Terrorists Sink the Maine?

Conclusion: Rallying around the Flag

21. Progressivism from the Grass Roots to the White House, 1890–1916

OPENING VIGNETTE: Jane Addams founds Hull House

Grassroots Progressivism

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Protecting the World’s Workers: The National Consumers’ League

Progressivism: Theory and Practice

Progressivism Finds a President: Theodore Roosevelt

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Flash Photography and the Birth of Photojournalism

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Progressives and Conservation: Should Hetch Hetchy Be Dammed or Saved?

Progressivism Stalled

Woodrow Wilson and Progressivism at High Tide

The Limits of Progressive Reform

Conclusion: The Transformation of the Liberal State

22. World War I: The Progressive Crusade at Home and Abroad, 1914–1920

OPENING VIGNETTE: General Pershing struggles to protect the autonomy of the American Expeditionary Force

Woodrow Wilson and the World

"Over There"

HISTORICAL QUESTION: What Did the Doughboys Find in France?

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Casualties of the First World War

The Crusade for Democracy at Home


A Compromised Peace

Democracy at Risk


Conclusion: Troubled Crusade

23. From New Era to Great Depression, 1920–1932

OPENING VIGNETTE: Henry Ford puts America on wheels

The New Era

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: Household Appliances: Laborsaving Devices for Women?

The Roaring Twenties

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Was There a Sexual Revolution in the 1920s?

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: A Place of One’s Own: The Quest for Home Ownership

Resistance to Change

The Great Crash

Life in the Depression

Conclusion: Dazzle and Despair

24. The New Deal Experiment, 1932–1939

OPENING VIGNETTE: The Bonus Army marches into Washington, D.C.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Patrician in Government

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Fascism: Adolf Hitler and National Socialism

Launching the New Deal

Challenges to the New Deal

Toward a Welfare State

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Textile Workers Strike for Better Wages and Working Conditions

The New Deal from Victory to Deadlock

GLOBAL COMPARISON: National Populations and Economies, circa 1938

Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of the New Deal

25. The United States and the Second World War, 1939–1945

OPENING VIGNETTE: Colonel Paul Tibbets drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

Peacetime Dilemmas

The Onset of War

Mobilizing for War


GLOBAL COMPARISON: Weapons Produced by the Axis and Allied Powers during World War II

Fighting Back

The Wartime Home Front

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Nazi Anti–Semitism and the Atomic Bomb

Toward Unconditional Surrender

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Why Did the Allies Win World War II?

Conclusion: Allied Victory and America’s Emergence as a Superpower

26. Cold War Politics in the Truman Years, 1945–1953

OPENING VIGNETTE: Helen Gahagan Douglas, congresswoman and loyal Truman ally, supports the Marshall Plan, the creation of NATO, and the war in Korea

From the Grand Alliance to Containment


Truman and the Fair Deal at Home

HISTORICAL QUESTION: What Happened to Rosie the Riveter?

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: The GI Bill Transforms Higher Education

The Cold War Becomes Hot: Korea

Conclusion: The Cold War’s Costs and Consequences

27. The Politics and Culture of Abundance, 1952–1960

OPENING VIGNETTE: Vice President Nixon and Russian premier Khrushchev debate the merits of U.S. and Soviet societies

Eisenhower and the Politics of the "Middle Way"

Liberation Rhetoric and the Practice of Containment

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Operation Pedro Pan: Young Political Refugees Take Flight

New Work and Living Patterns in an Economy of Abundance


The Culture of Abundance

GLOBAL COMPARISON: The Baby Boom in International Perspective

Emergence of a Civil Rights Movement


Conclusion: Peace and Prosperity Mask Unmet Challenges

28. Reform, Rebellion, and Reaction, 1960–1974

OPENING VIGNETTE: Fannie Lou Hamer leads grassroots struggles of African Americans for voting rights and political empowerment

Liberalism at High Tide

The Second Reconstruction

A Multitude of Movements



The New Wave of Feminism

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Transnational Feminisms

Liberal Reform in the Nixon Administration

Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of Liberalism

29. Vietnam and the Limits of Power, 1961–1975

OPENING VIGNETTE: American GIs arrive in Vietnam

New Frontiers in Foreign Policy

Lyndon Johnson’s War against Communism

HISTORICAL QUESTION: Why Couldn’t the United States Bomb Its Way to Victory in Vietnam?

THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY: The Military Helicopter

A Nation Polarized

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: 1968: A Year of Protest

Nixon, Detente, and the Search for Peace in Vietnam

Conclusion: An Unwinnable War

30. America Moves to the Right, 1969–1989

OPENING VIGNETTE: Phyllis Schlafly promotes conservatism

Nixon and the Rise of Postwar Conservatism

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: A Mother Campaigns for a Say in Her Children’s Education

Constitutional Crisis and Restoration

The "Outsider" Presidency of Jimmy Carter

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Energy Consumption per Capita, 1980

Ronald Reagan and the Conservative Ascendancy


Continuing Struggles over Rights

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Protecting Gay and Lesbian Rights

Ronald Reagan Confronts an "Evil Empire"

Conclusion: Reversing the Course of Government

31. The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of Globalization, Since 1989

OPENING VIGNETTE: Colin Powell adjusts to a post–Cold War world

Domestic Stalemate and Global Upheaval: The Presidency of George H. W. Bush

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: Suing for Access: Disability Rights and the Courts

The Clinton Administration’s Search for the Middle Ground

The United States in a Globalizing World

GLOBAL COMPARISON: Countries with the Highest Military Expenditures, 2005


BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: Jobs in a Globalizing Era

President George W. Bush: Conservatism at Home and Radical Initiatives Abroad

Conclusion: Defining the Government’s Role at Home and Abroad


I. Documents

II. Facts and Figures: Government, Economy, and Demographics

III. Research Resources in U.S. History


Atlas of the Territorial Growth of the United States

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