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All comprehensive United States survey textbooks, including this one, give full coverage to standard political, economic, diplomatic, and legal events. But these elements of history are largely the story of elites. This textbook also provides social history captured in the recognizable lives of ordinary people. Presidents, congressmen, and corporate executives are quoted throughout the book. So are soldiers, slaves, indentured servants, cowboys, working girls and women, and civil rights activists. Firsthand America, using more than 2,000 quotations, therefore gives due place both to the traditional leaders and to the myriad Americans never named in formal historians.
15. “Been in the Storm So Long”: Emancipation and Reconstruction.
16. Industrialism and Labor Strife 1865-1900.
17. The West and South 1865-1900.
18. City and Farm 1665-1900.
19. Culture and Political Thought in an Industrializing Nation.
20. The Outward Thrust 1865-1909.
21. The Progressive Spirit.
22. Progressivism in Peace and War 1900-1918.
23. The New Era.
24. The New Deal.
25. Diplomacy and War 1933-1945.
26. Postwar Politics and the Cold War.
27. Consensus and Division: 1953-1965.
28. American Society and the Vietnam War.
29. New Boundaries.
30. The New Millennium.