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Based on the idea that you can't (and don't want to) cover everything in a survey course, H.W. Brands and a team of award-winning historians present the story of American history in a refreshing new way.
American Stories: A History of the United States concentrates on the topics most commonly taught in an American history survey course, with a focus on the major themes and the connections between them. A unique pedagogical program developed and implemented by instructional designers provides a consistent structure for students as the story of American history unfolds.
16. The Agony of Reconstruction, 1863-1877.
Robert Smalls and Black Politicians During Reconstruction.
The President versus Congress.
Reconstructing Southern Society.
Retreat from Reconstruction.
Reunion and the New South.
Conclusion: Henry McNeal Turner and the “Unfinished Revolution.”
17. The West: Exploiting an Empire, 1849-1902.
Lean Bear's Changing West.
Beyond the Frontier.
Crushing the Native Americans.
Settlement of the West.
The Bonanza West.
Conclusion: The Meaning of the West.
18. The Industrial Society, 1850-1901.
A Machine Culture.
An Empire on Rails.
An Industrial Empire.
The Wage Earners.
Culture of Work.
Conclusion: Industrialization's Benefits and Costs.
19. Toward an Urban Society, 1877-1900.
The Overcrowded City.
The Lure of the City.
Social and Cultural Change, 1877-1900.
The Stirrings of Reform.
Conclusion: The Pluralistic Society.
20. Political Realignments, 1876-1901.
Hardship and Heartache.
Politics of Stalemate.
Republicans in Power: The Billion-Dollar Congress.
The Rise of the Populist Movement.
The Crisis of the Depression.
The Presidential Election of 1896.
The McKinley Administration.
Conclusion: A Decade's Dramatic Changes.
21. Toward Empire, 1865-1902.
Roosevelt and the Rough Riders.
America Looks Outward.
War with Spain.
Acquisition of Empire.
Conclusion: Outcome of the War with Spain.
22. The Progressive Era, 1895-1917.
Muckrakers Call for Reform.
The Changing Face of Industrialism.
Conflict in the Workplace.
A New Urban Culture.
Conclusion: A Ferment of Discovery and Reform.
23. From Roosevelt to Wilson in the Age of Progressivism, 1900-1920.
The Republicans Split.
The Spirit of Progressivism.
Reform in the Cities and States.
The Republican Roosevelt.
Roosevelt Progressivism at Its Height.
The Ordeal of William Howard Taft.
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom.
Conclusion: The Fruits of Progressivism.
24. The Nation at War, 1901-1920.
The Sinking of the Lusitania.
A New World Power.
Foreign Policy Under Wilson.
The Treaty of Versailles.
Conclusion: Post-War Disillusionment.
25. Transition to Modern America, 1919-1928.
Wheels for the Millions.
The Second Industrial Revolution.
City Life in the Roaring Twenties.
The Conservative Counterattack.
Conclusion: The Old and the New.
26. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1929-1939.
The Struggle Against Despair.
The Great Depression.
Fighting the Depression.
Reforming American Life.
The Impact of the New Deal.
The New Deal's End.
Conclusion:The New Deal and American Life.
27. America and the World, 1921-1945.
A Pact Without Power.
The Road to War.
Turning the Tide Against the Axis.
The Home Front.
Conclusion: The Transforming Power of War.
28. The Onset of the Cold War, 1945-1960.
The Potsdam Summit.
The Cold War Begins.
The Cold War Expands.
The Cold War at Home.
Conclusion: The Continuing Cold War.
29. Affluence and Anxiety, 1945-1960.
Levittown: The Flight to the Suburbs.
The Postwar Boom.
The Good Life?
The Struggle over Civil Rights.
Conclusion: Restoring National Confidence.
30. The Turbulent Sixties, 1960-1968.
Kennedy v. Nixon: The First Televised Presidential Candidate Debate.
Kennedy Intensifies the Cold War.
The New Frontier at Home.
LBJ’s Great Society.
Johnson Escalates the Vietnam War.
Years of Turmoil.
The Return of Richard Nixon.
Conclusion: The End of an Era.
31. To a New Conservatism, 1969-1988.
Reagan and America’s Shift to the Right.
The Tempting of Richard Nixon.
Oil and Inflation.
Private Lives, Public Issues.
Politics and Diplomacy after Watergate.
The Reagan Revolution.
Reagan and the World.
Conclusion: Challenging the New Deal.
32. To the Twenty-first Century, 1989-2008
"This Will Not Stand”: Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era.
The First President Bush.
The Changing Faces of America.
The New Democrats
Challenges of the New Century.
Conclusion: The Paradox of Power.
The Declaration of Independence.
The Articles of Confederation.
The Constitution of the United States of America.
Amendments to the Constitution.
Presidents and Vice Presidents.