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This best-selling introductory American history survey text provides students with a clear understanding of how power is gained, lost, and used in both public and private life. Central to this text are the themes of liberty, equality, and power, as well as the shifting relationships and tensions between these evolving concepts. The authors use these themes to convey the complex reality and diversity of America's history.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a high quality textbook that takes students seriously as learners. It challenges without being too daunting, it includes a wealth of material not present in other textbooks, and provides what I think is the richest treatment of U.S. history to 1877 than any other text I've used."

"I also love the movie and music features as well as the primary documents. [Students] get at a lot of different ways to access and understand historical processes."

"I have been using [LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER] for 10 years at 4 different colleges; beleive it provides excellent value for the money…appreciate & enjoy the social history strand woven through the narrative which elevates the interest & participation of my students… good overall narrative appropriate for a lower division survey at the right level for the average students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155065369
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/27/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1232
  • Product dimensions: 8.17 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 When Old Worlds Collide: Contact, Conquest, Catastrophe 2
Ch. 2 The Challenge to Spain and the Spectrum of European Settlement 44
Ch. 3 England Discovers Its Colonies: Upheaval, War, Trade, and Empire 82
Ch. 4 Expansion, Diversity, and Anglicization in Provincial America 116
Ch. 5 War, Victory, and Imperial Reform 144
Ch. 6 Resistance, Revolution, and Independence 174
Ch. 7 The Republican Experiment 206
Ch. 8 The Democratic Republic, 1790-1820 252
Ch. 9 Completing the Revolution 282
Ch. 10 The Market Revolution, 1815-1860 312
Ch. 11 Toward an American Culture 340
Ch. 12 Jacksonian Democracy 366
Ch. 13 Society, Culture, and Politics, 1820-1840 394
Ch. 14 Manifest Destiny: An Empire for Liberty - or Slavery? 420
Ch. 15 The Gathering Tempest, 1853-1860 448
Ch. 16 Secession and Civil War, 1860-1862 482
Ch. 17 A New Birth of Freedom, 1862-1865 518
Ch. 18 Reconstruction, 1863-1877 554
Ch. 19 The Gilded Age 590
Ch. 20 An Industrial Society, 1900-1920 626
Ch. 21 Progressivism 658
Ch. 22 American Imperialism, 1898-1917 694
Ch. 23 War and Society, 1914-1920 722
Ch. 24 The 1920s 762
Ch. 25 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939 796
Ch. 26 America during the Second World War 836
Ch. 27 The Age of Anxiety, 1946-1954 872
Ch. 28 Affluence and Its Perils, 1954-1963 914
Ch. 29 America during Its Longest War, 1963-1973 948
Ch. 30 America in Transition: Economics, Culture, and Social Change in the Late Twentieth Century 978
Ch. 31 The Last Quarter-Century: Politics and Foreign Policy from Ford to Clinton 1014
Appendix 1051
Photo Credits 1089
Index 1093
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2002

    Apt title...certainly 'A History...', not 'The History...'

    A comprehensive but flawed representation of 'American' history. Poor scholarship...(eg attributing 'entangling alliances' to Geo Washington's Farewell when the term is actually from Jefferson's First Inaugural), and political correctness abound...(eg, in a section dealing with early contacts btw natives and Europeans...'Christians were shocked by human sacrifice and found cannabalism revolting, but Indians (sic) regarded certain European practices with equal horror. Between 1500 and 1700, Europeans burned or hanged up to 100.000 people, usually old women for conversing with the wrong spirits-that is, for witchcraft. To the Indians, such executions looked like human sacrifices to placate an angry Christian God.'...I guess the 'Indians' found out about the witch hunts and the Inquisition by checking the Internet...). If you've read Joseph Ellis, ('Founding Brothers', 'American Sphinx') or David McCullough, ('John Adams') you won't care for this. I had to buy this book - it's my college text, (went back to college after my 65th birthday). A sure trade-in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    Better than Hardcover

    This book is a great book that outlines the history of American history. The book provides students with a framework through which to view all of the fascinatiing moments and diverse individuals that 'live' in the American past.

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