Interpretations of American History: From Reconstruction / Edition 8

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Now in a new edition from Bedford/St. Martin’s, Interpretations of American History offers an essential collection of essays and readings on American historiography. Each chapter opens with an extended essay that explores the historiography specific to that chapter’s topic, followed by two readings by preeminent historians that highlight different — although not always diametrically opposed — historical approaches. Fully updated for the next generation of scholars, the most respected historiographical reader now comes with all the care and quality that you expect from Bedford/St. Martin’s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312480509
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/10/2008
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 793,109
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis G. Couvares is the E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of The Remaking of Pittsburgh: Class and Culture in an Industrializing City 1877-1919 (1984) and editor of Movie Censorship and American Culture, Second Edition (2006).

Martha Saxton is an Associate Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies and the Elizabeth Bruss Reader at Amherst College. She has written biographies of Louisa May Alcott and Jayne Mansfield, as well as Being Good: Women’s Moral Values In Early America (2003), and numerous essays on women in early America.

Founding editors of Interpretations of American History Gerald N. Grob and George Athan Billias are Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus at Rutgers University and Hyatt Professor of History Emeritus at Clark University, respectively.

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Table of Contents

Volume Two: From Reconstruction

Chapter 1 Introduction to U.S. Historiography

Chapter 2 The Reconstruction Era: How Large Its Scope?

Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (1988)

Elliott West, "Reconstructing Race" (2003) **

Chapter 3 The Triumph of Capitalism: Efficiency or Class War?

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., "The Role of Business in the United States: A Historical Survey" (1969)

Walter Licht, Industrializing America (1995)

Chapter 4 American Imperialism: Economic Expansion or Ideological Crusade?

Walter LaFeber, "That ‘Splendid Little War’ in Historical Perspective" (1968)

Gerald F. Linderman, "The Image of Enemy and Ally" (1974)

Chapter 5 Immigration: American Assimilation or Transnational Race-Making?

George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (1995)

Nancy Foner, "Transnational Ties" (2000) **

Chapter 6 The Progressive Movement: Elitist or Democratic?

Kathryn Kish Sklar, "The Historical Foundations of Women’s Power in the Creation of the American Welfare State, 1880-1920" (1993)

Daniel T. Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age (1998)**

Chapter 7 The New Deal: Revolution or Restoration?

William Leuchtenburg, "The Achievement of the New Deal" (1985)

Alan Dawley, Struggles for Justice (1991)

Chapter 8 The Cold War and Beyond: Stability, Hegemony, Chaos?

John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (1997)

Odd Arne Westad, "The New International History of the Cold War: Three (Possible) Paradigms" (2000) **

Chapter 9 The Civil Rights Movement: New Directions

David J. Garrow, "Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Spirit of Leadership" (1987)

Kwame Ture, "We Gotta Make This Our Mississippi" (2003) **

Chapter 10 The Second Wave of the Women’s Movement: How Inclusive?

William H. Chafe, The Road to Equality, 1962 – Today" (2000)**

Rosalyn Baxandall, "Re-Visioning the Women’s Liberation Movement’s Narrative" (2001)**

Chapter 11 The New Right: Rise….and Fall?

Matthew Lassiter, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (2006) **

John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (1988)

** new to this edition

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