A History of the United States / Edition 4

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A History of the United States is an account of the course of American history, discussing political, social, economic and cultural developments. Major themes include the relationship between territorial expansion and political history; the critical role of ethnic and racial conflict, and the complex relationship between race and class in American history; the powerful traditions of regionalism in American life and the shifting centres of gravity in American geography; and the remarkable force of radical evangelical and apocalyptic religion. For this new edition, Philip Jenkins reviews the major events of the last decade - most notably the development of the Internet economy and the course of the Clinton presidency - and brings the story up-to-date with an analysis of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Jenkins history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ. has written a short but fairly comprehensive "from the bottom up" history of the United States. He views this country as a distinctive society radically different from its European roots. Jenkins covers the major political, social, and economic developments but is especially notable in his treatment of the cultural and religious facets of American life and the role of groups sometimes considered "outsiders": racial minorities and political dissenters. He also discusses the American tradition of identifying and stigmatizing "dangerous outsiders" and the significance of this tradition for our cultural and political history. The writing is plain but straightforward. Recommended for public libraries with American history collections.Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York
From the Publisher

"Clear description, analysis, and argument make the fourth edition of A History of the United States an excellent introduction to American history." - John Fry, Chair of the Department of History, Trinity Christian College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230282872
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition,Revised Edition,4th edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 208,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILIP JENKINS is Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, USA.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Unnamed Lands: The European Settlement, 1492-1765 1
The Native Population 2
The Conquistadores 6
British Settlement 10
New England 14
Orthodoxy and Heresy 16
Crisis, 1675-92 22
The British Colonies in the Eighteenth Century 25
The Religious Dimension 31
The Great Awakening 35
The Anglo-French Wars 38
2 Revolution and Nation Building, 1765-1825 43
Toward Separation 43
War and Independence 47
The Age of Confederation 52
Making the Constitution 56
A New Nation 63
Republicans and Federalists 67
The War of 1812 71
Expansion 74
Indian Confrontation 77
Economic Growth 79
Freedom is a Habit 82
Religion and Culture 84
The Growth of Slavery 85
3 Expansion and Crisis, 1825-65 90
Industry and Communications 92
Cities 94
The New Politics, 1828-48 97
The Age of Civil Disorder 100
Reinventing Religion 106
Culture 112
Pioneers: Westward Expansion 115
Red and White 121
Slavery 122
Abolitionism 125
The Crisis of 1848-60 129
The Civil War, 1861-65 135
Consequences 144
4 Cities and Industry, 1865-1917 147
Reconstruction 148
White Supremacy 152
The Western Frontier 155
Indian Conflicts 158
Imperialism 163
Industrialization and the Gilded Age 167
Mass Immigration 174
Labour and Capital 178
Progress and Reaction, 1877-1917 183
Progressives 188
Women's Rights 192
Culture and Religion 194
5 War and Globalism, 1917-56 200
The Global Dilemma 200
The First World War 201
The Crisis of Radicalism 204
The 1920s: Prosperity and Corruption 207
The Crash 214
The New Deal 217
Into War 223
The Second World War 227
Confronting Communism 231
Korea 234
The Anti Communist Purge, 1946-56 236
The New State 240
The American Dilemma 243
Culture 246
6 The Modern Era, 1956-2002 250
Facing West from California's Shores 250
The Cold War 256
Race and Civil Rights 261
Black Power, 1966-71 265
Social Crisis 268
Watergate and the Crisis of the American State 276
The Fall of America? 280
Liberalism and Liberation 282
Repealing the 1960s 287
The Reagan Era 290
The New Morality 295
The Economic Dimension 297
While Not the Past Forgetting: The Clinton Years 300
The September Massacres 305
App The Declaration of Independence, 1776 309
Further Reading 313
Index 321
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