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Understanding the past helps us navigate the present and future. When you read this text, you will not only learn about American History, you will be exposed to movies and music that tell the stories of American History in addition to the reading material you expect in a college level history book. A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to US History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, uses themes in a unique approach to show how the United States was transformed, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps you understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power.
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John M. Murrin studies American colonial and revolutionary history and the early republic. He has edited one multivolume series and five books, including two essay collections, COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition (2010), and SAINTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: ESSAYS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (1984). His own essays range from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the emergence of the legal profession, and the political culture of the colonies and the new nation, to the rise of professional baseball and college football in the nineteenth century. He served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998-1999.
A specialist in early national social history, Paul E. Johnson is the author of THE EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC, 1789-1829 (2006); SAM PATCH, THE FAMOUS JUMPER (2003); A SHOPKEEPERS MILLENNIUM: SOCIETY AND REVIVALS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, 1815-1837, 25th Anniversary Edition (2004); co-author (with Sean Wilentz) of THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA (1994); and editor of AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY: ESSAYS IN HISTORY (1994). He was awarded the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians (1980), the Richard P. McCormack Prize of the New Jersey Historical Association (1989), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985-1986), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1995), the Gilder Lehrman Institute (2001) and the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Fellowship (2006-2007).
James M. McPherson is a distinguished Civil War historian. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his book BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM: THE CIVIL WAR ERA. His other publications include MARCHING TOWARD FREEDOM: BLACKS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Second Edition, (1991); ORDEAL BY FIRE: THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, Third Edition, (2001); ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1991); FOR CAUSE AND COMRADES: WHY MEN FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR (1997), which won the Lincoln Prize in 1998; CROSSROADS OF FREEDOM: ANTIETAM (2002); HALLOWED GROUND: A WALK AT GETTYSBURG (2003); and TRIED BY WAR: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF (2008), which won the Lincoln Prize for 2009. Professor McPherson served as president of the American Historical Association (2003-2004).
Alice Fahs is a specialist in American cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book THE IMAGINED CIVIL WAR: POPULAR LITERATURE OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH, 1861-1865 (2001) was a finalist in 2002 for the Lincoln Prize. Together with Joan Waugh, she published the edited collection THE MEMORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN CULTURE (2004) and she has also edited Louisa May Alcott's HOSPITAL SKETCHES (2004), an account of Alcott's nursing experiences during the Civil War first published in 1863. Fahs's work on the cultural history of the Civil War and gender has been published in such journals as the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY and CIVIL WAR HISTORY. Her honors include an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the Huntington Library. She is currently at work on a study of popular literary culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focused on the emergence of mass-market newspapers during an age of imperialism.
Gary Gerstle is the James G. Stahlman Professor of American History at Vanderbilt University. A historian of the twentieth-century United States, he is the author, co-author, and co-editor of six books, and the author of more than thirty articles. His books include WORKING-CLASS AMERICANISM: THE POLITICS OF LABOR IN A TEXTILE CITY, 1914-1960 (1989); AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: RACE AND NATION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2001), winner of the Saloutos Prize for the best work in immigration and ethnic history; THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEW DEAL ORDER, 1930-1980 (1989); and RULING AMERICA: WEALTH AND POWER IN A DEMOCRACY (2005). He has served on the board of editors of both the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY and the AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW. His honors include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and membership in the Society of American Historians.
17. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863-1877. Wartime Reconstruction. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. The Advent of Congressional Reconstruction. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The Grant Administration. The Retreat from Reconstruction. 18. A TRANSFORMED NATION: THE WEST AND THE NEW SOUTH, 1865-1900. An Industrializing West. Railroads. Chinese Laborers and the Railroads. The Golden Spike. Cattle Drives and the Open Range. Homesteading and Farming. The Experience of Homesteading . Conquest and Resistance: American Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West . The Dawes Severalty Act and Indian Boarding Schools. The Ghost Dance. Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill: Popular Myths of the West. Industrialization and the New South. Exodusters and Emigrationists. The Emergence of an African American Middle Class. The Rise of Jim Crow. The Politics of Stalemate. 19. THE EMERGENCE OF CORPORATE AMERICA, 1865-1900. An Expansive and Volatile Economy . The Consolidation of Middle-class Culture . The City and Working-class Culture. Emergence of a National Culture. Workers' Resistance to the New Corporate Order. Farmers' Movements. The Rise and Fall of the People's Party. 20. AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, 1900-1920. Sources of Economic Growth. "Robber Barons" No More . Obsession with Physical and Racial Fitness . Immigration. Building Ethnic Communities. African American Labor and Community . Workers and Unions. The Joys of the City . The New Sexuality and the Rise of Feminism. 21. PROGRESSIVISM. Progressivism and the Protestant Spirit. Muckrakers, Magazines, and the Turn toward "Realism". Settlement Houses and Women's Activism. Socialism and Progressivism. Municipal Reform. Political Reform in the States. Economic and Social Reform in the States. A Renewed Campaign for Civil Rights. National Reform. The Taft Presidency. Roosevelt's Return. The Rise of Woodrow Wilson. The Election of 1912. The Wilson Presidency. 22. BECOMING A WORLD POWER, 1898-1917. The United States Looks Abroad. The Spanish-American War. The United States Becomes a World Power. Theodore Roosevelt, Geopolitician. William Howard Taft, Dollar Diplomat . Woodrow Wilson, Struggling Idealist. 23. WAR AND SOCIETY, 1914-1920. Europe's Descent into War. American Neutrality. American Intervention. Mobilizing for "Total" War. The Failure of the International Peace. The Postwar Period: A Society in Convulsion. 24. THE 1920s. Prosperity. The Politics of Business. Farmers, Small-Town Protestants, and Moral Traditionalists. Ethnic and Racial Communities. The "Lost Generation" and Disillusioned Intellectuals. 25. THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE NEW DEAL, 1929-1939. Causes of the Great Depression. Hoover: The Fall of a Self-Made Man. A Culture in Crisis. The Democratic Roosevelt. The First New Deal, 1933-1935. Political Mobilization, Political Unrest, 1934-1935. The Second New Deal, 1935-1937. America's Minorities and the New Deal. The New Deal Abroad. Stalemate, 1937-1940. 26. AMERICA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. The Road to War: Aggression and Response. Fighting the War in Europe. The Pacific Theater. A New President, The Atomic Bomb, and Japan's Surrender. The War at Home: The Economy. The War at Home: Social Issues and Social Movements. Shaping the Peace. 27. THE AGE OF CONTAINMENT, 1946-1953. Creating a National Security State, 1945-1949. The Era Of The Korean War, 1949-1952. Pursuing National Security At Home . Truman's Fair Deal. Signs of A Changing Culture. From Truman to Eisenhower. 28. AFFLUENCE AND ITS DISCONTENTS, 1953-1963. Foreign Policy, 1953-1960. The United States and Third-World Politics, 1953-1960. Affluence—A "People of Plenty". Discontents of Affluence. Changing Gender Patterns. The Fight against Discrimination, 1953-1960. Debating the Role of Government, 1955-60. The Kennedy Years: Foreign Policy. The Kennedy Years: Domestic Policy. 29. AMERICA DURING ITS LONGEST WAR, 1963-1974. The Great Society. Escalation in Vietnam. The War At Home. 1968. The Nixon Years, 1969-1974. Foreign Policy Under Nixon And Kissinger. The Wars of Watergate. 30. POWER AND POLITICS: 1974-1992. The Caretaker Presidency of Gerald Ford (1974-1977). Jimmy Carter's One-Term Presidency (1977-1981). Ronald Reagan (1981-1989). Renewing the Cold War. The First Bush Presidency (1989-1993). Movement Activism. Race, Ethnicity, and Social Activism. 31. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY. A Changing People. Economic Change. Media and Popular Culture. 32. POLITICS OF HOPE AND FEAR, 1993-2007. The Presidency of Bill Clinton. The Presidency of George W. Bush.