This book is ideal for any introductory American history instructor who wants to make the subject more appealing. It's designed to supplement a main text, and focuses on "personalized history" presented through engaging biographies of famous and less-well-known figures from the colonial period to 1877. Historical patterns and trends appear as they are seen through individual lives, and the selection of the profiled individuals reflects a cultural awareness and a multicultural perspective.
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Colonial New England; 2. The Colonial South; 3. Colonial Society; 4. The Coming of the Revolution; 5. The American Revolution; 6. The Constitutional Period; 7. Politics and Society in the Early Republic; 8. The United States Greets The World; 9. The War of 1812; 10. Andrew Jackson's America; 11. The United States and the Antebellum West; 12. Nineteenth Century Slavery; 13. The Coming of the Civil War; 14. The Civil War; 15. After the Civil War; About the Author.