A History of the United States / Edition 4

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Overview

Philip Jenkins explores the central developments in American history from the fifteenth century to the present day. This highly
readable and authoritative account discusses the political, social, cultural and economic events that have shaped the history of the United States. The text covers key elements of this history such as the civil rights movement, the events of pre- and post-9/11, and the Iraq war.

For this new edition, Jenkins brings the story right up to date with discussions of:

the 2008 presidential election, Obama's victory and presidency
the global economic crisis and the conditions that gave rise to it
key environmental and gay rights issues
recent US debates over war and the economy.

A History of the United States provides a foundation for the study of American society, thought and culture. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the evolution of this remarkable nation.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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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: 370,547
  • 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 Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
Unnamed Lands: The European Settlement, 1492-1765
Revolution and Nation Building, 1765-1825
Expansion and Crisis, 1825-65
Cities and Industry, 1865-1917
War and Globalism, 1917-56
Only Yesterday: The United States 1956-2000
Contemporary America
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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