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"How did that happen?" students wonder about their past. America’s History provides a clear explanation. Instructors rely on America’s History to help them teach that history matters — this means helping their students understand not only what happened, but also why. For the new, sixth edition, the authors took a hard look at all aspects of their text, considered what worked and what didn’t, and crafted a broad revision plan that demonstrates, once again, their unmatched commitment to America’s History. The hallmark of the revision is a thorough reconsideration of the post-1945 period that incorporates new scholarship and makes sense of the recent past, but America’s History, Sixth Edition offers much more. This includes additional narrative changes in both volumes, a new in-text feature program based on written and visual primary documents in every chapter, and a host of new and improved pedagogic features. With its clear exposition, insightful analysis and in-text sources, America’s History, gives instructors and students everything they need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312452865
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/23/2007
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,158,875
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES A. HENRETTA is Priscilla Alden Burke Professor of American History at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include The Evolution of American Society, 1700–1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis; "Salutary Neglect": Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle; Evolution and Revolution: American Society, 1600–1820; The Origins of American Capitalism; and an edited volume, Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750–1850. His most recent publication is a long article, "Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America," (Law and History Review, 2006), derived from his ongoing research on The Liberal State in New York, 1820–1975.

DAVID BRODY is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Steelworkers in America; Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the 20th Century Struggle; and In Labor’s Cause: Main Themes on the History of the American Worker. His current research is on labor law and workplace regimes during the Great Depression.

LYNN DUMENIL is Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has written The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s and Freemasonry and American Culture: 1880–1930. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History; the Journal of American Ethnic History: Reviews in American History; and the American Historical Review.

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Table of Contents

15. Reconstruction, 1865–1877

Presidential Reconstruction

Radical Reconstruction

The Undoing of Reconstruction

Comparing American Voices: Freedom

Reading American Pictures: Why Sharecropping?

Voices from Abroad: David Macrae: The Devastated South

Part IV. A Maturing Industrial Society, 1877–1914

16. The American West

The Great Plains

The Far West

Comparing American Voices: Becoming White

Reading American Pictures: Uncovering the Culture of the Plains Indians

Voices from Abroad: Baron Joseph Alexander von Hubner: A Western Boom Town

17. Capital and Labor in the Age of Enterprise, 1877–1900

Industrial Capitalism Triumphant

The World of Work

The Labor Movement

Comparing American Voices: Working Women

Reading American Pictures: The Killing Floor: Site of America’s Mass Production Revolution?

Voices from Abroad: Count Vay de Vaya und Luskod: Pittsburgh Inferno

18. The Industrial City: Building It, Living In It


Upper Class/Middle Class

City Life

Comparing American Voices: Coming to America: The Downside

Reading American Pictures: Challenging Female Delicacy: The New Woman

Voices from Abroad: Jose Mart’: Coney Island, 1881

19. Politics in the Age of Enterprise, 1877–1896

The Politics of the Status Quo, 1877–1893

Politics and the People

Race and Politics in the New South

The Crisis of American Politics: The 1890s

Comparing American Voices: "Negro Domination!"

Reading American Pictures: Parties and People: How Democratic Was American Politics?

Voices from Abroad: Ernst Below: Beer and German American Politics

20. The Progressive Era, 1900–1914

The Course of Reform

Progressivism and National Politics

Comparing American Voices: The Triangle Fire

Reading American Pictures: Reining in Big Business? Cartoonists Join the Battle

Voices from Abroad: James Bryce: America in 1905: "Business Is King"

21. An Emerging World Power, 1877–1914

The Roots of Expansion

An American Empire

Onto the World Stage

Comparing American Voices: Debating the Philippines

Reading American Pictures: Imperial Dilemmas

Voices from Abroad: Jean Hess, Emile Zola, and Ruben Dario: American Goliath

Part V. The Modern State and Society, 1914–1945

22. War and the American State, 1914–1920

Great War, 1914–1918

War on the Home Front

An Unsettled Peace, 1919–1920

Comparing American Voices: The Great Migration

Reading American Pictures: "Over Here": Women’s Wartime Opportunities

Voices from Abroad: A German Propaganda Appeal to Black Soldiers

23. Modern Times, 1920–1932

Business–Government Partnership of the 1920s

A New National Culture

Redefining American Identity

The Onset of the Great Depression

Comparing American Voices: The Scopes Trial

Reading American Pictures: Patrolling the Texas Border

Voices from Abroad: Mary Agnes Hamilton: Breadlines and Beggars

24. Redefining Liberalism: The New Deal, 1933–1939

The New Deal Takes Over, 1933–1935

The Second New Deal, 1935–1938

The New Deal’s Impact on Society

Comparing American Voices: Ordinary People Respond to the New Deal

Reading American Pictures: Interpreting the Public Art of the New Deal

Voices from Abroad: Odette Keun: A Foreigner Looks at the Tennessee Valley Authority

25. The World at War, 1939–1945

The Road to War

Organizing for Victory

Life on the Home Front

Fighting and Winning the War

Comparing American Voices: Women in the Wartime Workplace

Reading American Pictures: "U.S. Political Propaganda on the Homefront during World War II"

Voices from Abroad: Monica Itoi Sone: Japanese Relocation

Part VI. The Age of Cold War Liberalism, 1945–1980

26. Cold War America, 1945–1960

The Cold War

Cold War Liberalism

"Modern Republicanism"

Comparing American Voices: Hunting Communists and Liberals

Reading American Pictures: Why a Cold War Space Race?

Voices from Abroad: Jean Monnet: Truman’s Generous Proposal

27. The Age of Affluence, 1945–1960

Economic Powerhouse

The Affluent Society

The Other America

Comparing American Voices: Challenging White Supremacy

Reading American Pictures: The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement

Voices from Abroad: Hanoch Bartov: Everyone Has a Car

28. The Liberal Consensus: Flaming Out, 1960–1968

John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Expectation

Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society

Into the Quagmire, 1960–1968

Coming Apart

1968: A Year of Shocks

Comparing American Voices: The Toll of War

Reading American Pictures: War and its Aftermath: Images of the Vietnam Conflict, 1968 and 1982

Voices from Abroad: Che Guevara: Vietnam and the World Freedom Struggle

29. Towards a Conservative America: The 1970s

The Nixon Years

Battling for Civil Rights: The Second State

Lean Years

Politics in the Wake of Watergate

Comparing American Voices: Debating the Equal Rights Amendment

Reading American Pictures: A Near–Meltdown at Three Mile Island, 1979

Voices from Abroad: Fei Xiaotong: America’s Crisis of Faith

Part VII. Entering a New Era: Conservatism, Globalization, Terrorism, 1980–2006

30. The Reagan Revolution and the End of the Cold War, 1980–2001

The Rise of Conservatism

The Reagan Presidency, 1981–1989

The Defeat of Communism and the Rise of a New World Order

The Clinton Presidency, 1993–2001

Comparing American Voices: Christianity and Public Life

Reading American Pictures: Image Warfare: Fighting to Define the Reagan Presidency

Voices from Abroad: Zhu Shida: China and the United States: A Unique Relationship

31. A Dynamic Economy, A Divided People, 1980–2000

America in a Global Economy and Society

New Technology

Culture Wars

Comparing American Voices: Cheap Labor: Immigration and Globalization

Reading American Pictures: The Abortion Debate Hits the Streets

Voices from Abroad: A U.S. Epidemic

32. Into the Twenty–First Century

The Advent of George W. Bush

American Hegemony Challenged

Unfinished Business

Comparing American Voices: The Stem Cell Research Controversy

Reading American Pictures: Conservatism at a Crossroads

Voices from Abroad: Abu Musab al–Zarqawi: A Strategy for the Iraq Insurgency

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