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Overview

Designed for introductory-level survey courses in American History.

The American Story presents a balanced and manageable overview of the United States as an unfolding story of national development, integrating social and political history into a coherent and compelling narrative.

Acknowledging the nation's rich diversity of class, race, gender, and ethnicity, this edition tells the story of the people who, through their collective and individual endeavors, have shaped the past through the demands historical events placed on them. This text, based on the bestselling America Past and Present, is presented in a highly affordable Penguin Academic format.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205728961
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Divine

Robert A. Divine, George W. Littlefield Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin, received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1954. A specialist in American diplomatic history, he taught from 1954 to 1996 at the University of Texas, where he was honored by both the student association and the graduate school for teaching excellence. His extensive published work includes The Illusion of Neutrality (1962); Second Chance: The Triumph of Internationalism in America During World War II (1967); and Blowing on the Wind (1978). His most recent work is Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (2000), a comparative analysis of twentieth-century American wars. He is also the author of Eisenhower and the Cold War (1981) and editor of three volumes of essays on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. His book, The Sputnik Challenge (1993), won the Eugene E. Emme Astronautical Literature Award for 1993. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has given the Albert Shaw Lectures in Diplomatic History at Johns Hopkins University.

T. H. Breen

T. H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History at North­ western Uni­ versity, received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1968. He has taught at Northwestern since 1970. Breen’s major books include The Character of the Good Ruler: A Study of Puritan Political Ideas in New England (1974); Puritans and Adventurers: Change and Persistence in Early America (1980); Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (1985); and, with Stephen Innes of the University of Virginia, “Myne Owne Ground”: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore (1980). His Imagining the Past (1989) won the 1990 Historic Preservation Book Award. His most recent book is Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (2004). In addition to receiving several awards for outstanding teaching at Northwestern, Breen has been the recipient of research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the National Humanities Center, and the Huntington Library. He has served as the Fowler Hamilton Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford University (1987–1988), the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, Cambridge University (1990–1991), the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University (2000–2001), and was a recipient of the Humboldt Prize (Germany). He is currently completing a book tentatively entitled America’s Insurgency: The People’s Revolution, 1774–1776.

George M. Fredrickson

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor Emeritus of United States History at Stanford Uni­ versity. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Inner Civil War (1965), The Black Image in the White Mind (1971), and White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History (1981), which won both the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. His most recent books are Black Liberation: A Comparative History of Black Ideologies in the United States and South Africa (1995); The Comparative Imagination: Racism, Nationalism, and Social Movements (1997); and Racism: A Short History (2002). He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowships, and a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Before coming to Stanford in 1984, he taught at Northwestern. He has also served as Fulbright lecturer in American History at Moscow University and as the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 1997–1998.

R. Hal Williams

R. Hal Williams is professor of history at Southern Methodist University. He received his A.B. from Prince­ ton Uni­ versity in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Yale Uni­ versity in 1968. His books include The Democratic Party and California Politics, 1880–1896 (1973); Years of Decision: American Politics in the 1890s (1978); and The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age (1990). A specialist in American political history, he taught at Yale University from 1968 to 1975 and came to SMU in 1975 as chair of the Department of History. From 1980 to 1988, he served as dean of Dedman College, the school of humanities and sciences, at SMU, where he is currently dean of Research and Graduate Studies. In 1980, he was a visiting professor at University College, Oxford University. Williams has received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has served on the Texas Committee for the Humanities. He is currently working on a study of the presidential election of 1896 and a biography of James G. Blaine, the late-nineteenth-century speaker of the House, secretary of state, and Republican presidential candidate.

Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross is Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern Cali­ fornia. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000) and ­ numerous law review articles and book chapters, including “‘Caucasian Cloak’: Mexican Americans and the Politics of Whiteness in the Twentieth-Century Southwest” in the Georgetown Law Journal (2006). Her current work in progress, What Blood Won’t Tell: Racial Identity on Trial in America, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous works of history and ­ international affairs, including The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (1993), Into the Labyrinth: The United States and the Middle East (1994), The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s (1995), TR: The Last Romantic (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt) (1997), What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (1998), The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), The Strange Death of American Liberalism (2001), The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (2002), Woodrow Wilson (2003), and Andrew Jackson (2005). His writing has received critical and popular acclaim; The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller. He lectures frequently across North America and in Europe. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Atlantic Monthly. He is a regular guest on radio and television, and has participated in several historical documentary films.

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Table of Contents

Maps xiv

Figures xv

Tables xvi

Preface xxii

Chapter 16 The Agony of Reconstruction 385

The President Versus Congress 386

Reconstructing Southern Society 394

Retreat from Reconstruction 399

Reunion and the New South 403

Henry McNeal Turner and the "Unfinished Revolution" 407

Chapter 17 The West 409

Beyond the Frontier 410

Crushing the Native Americans 411

Settlement of the West 417

The Bonanza West 422

The Meaning of the West 430

Chapter 18 The Industrial Society 433

Industrial Development 434

An Empire on Rails 435

An Industrial Empire 440

The Sellers 447

The Wage Earners 448

Industrialization's Benefits and Costs 455

Chapter 19 Toward an Urban Society, 1877-1900 457

The Lure of the City 458

Social and Cultural Change, 1877-1900 465

The Stirrings of Reform 476

The Pluralistic Society 481

Chapter 20 Political Realignments in the 1890s 483

Politics of Stalemate 484

Republicans in Power: The Billion-Dollar Congress 489

The Rise of the Populist Movement 491

The Crisis of the Depression 495

Changing Attitudes 499

The Presidential Election of 1896 502

The McKinley Administration 506

A Decade's Dramatic Changes 508

Chapter 21 Toward Empire 510

America Looks Outward 512

War with Spain 518

Outcome of the War with Spain 532

Chapter 22 The Progressive Era 534

The Changing Face of Industrialism 536

Society's Masses 540

Conflict in the Workplace 548

A New Urban Culture 552

A Ferment of Discovery and Reform 557

Chapter 23 From Roosevelt to Wilson in the Age of Progressivism 559

The Spirit of Progressivism 561

Reform in the Cities and States 568

The Republican Roosevelt 571

RooseveltProgressivism at Its Height 574

The Ordeal of William Howard Taft 577

Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom 583

The Fruits of Progressivism 587

Chapter 24 The Nation at War 590

A New World Power 592

Foreign Policy Under Wilson 596

Toward War 598

Over There 604

Over Here 606

The Treaty of Versailles 611

Postwar Disillusionment 616

Chapter 25 Transition to Modern America 618

The Second Industrial Revolution 619

City Life in the Jazz Age 623

The Rural Counterattack 628

Politics of the 1920s 634

The Old and the New 638

Chapter 26 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal 640

The Great Depression 641

Fighting the Depression 644

Roosevelt and Reform 652

Impact of the New Deal 655

End of the New Deal 660

Evaluation of the New Deal 663

Chapter 27 America and the World, 1921-1945 665

Retreat, Reversal, and Rivalry 666

The Road to War 672

Turning the Tide Against the Axis 676

The Home Front 680

Victory 686

The Transforming Power of War 691

Chapter 28 The Onset of the Cold War 693

The Cold War Begins 694

Containment 697

The Cold War Expands 702

The Cold War at Home 706

Eisenhower Wages the Cold War 713

The Continuing Cold War 718

Chapter 29 Affluence and Anxiety 721

The Postwar Boom 723

Farewell to Reform 729

The Struggle over Civil Rights 732

The Continuing Civil Rights Movement 736

Chapter 30 The Turbulent Sixties 739

Kennedy Intensifies the Cold War 741

The New Frontier at Home 747

"Let Us Continue" 762

Johnson Escalates the Vietnam War 758

Years of Turmoil 763

The Return of Richard Nixon 768

The End of an Era 770

Chapter 31 The Rise of a New Conservatism, 1969-1988 772

The Tempting of Richard Nixon 774

The Economy of Stagflation 779

Private Lives, Public Issues 784

Politics and Diplomacy after Watergate 789

The Reagan Revolution 794

Reagan and the World 799

Challenging the New Deal 803

Chapter 32 To the Twenty-First Century, 1989-2009 805

The First President Bush 807

The Changing Faces of America 811

The New Democrats 817

Clinton and the World 822

Republicans Triumphant 825

Old Issues, New Challenges 834

The Vulnerabilities of Power 839

Appendix A-1

The Declaration of Independence A-1

The Constitution of the United States of America A-4

Amendments to the Constitution A-11

Recommended Reading A-18

Suggested Web Sites A-36

Credits C-1

Index I-l

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