Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Vol. I: To 1877, Concise Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER offers students a clear, concise understanding of how America transformed itself, 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. The authors promote this understanding by telling the story of America through the lens of three major themes: liberty, equality, and power. This approach helps students 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. This Concise Fourth Edition updates the text's proven ability to cover social and cultural history with such timely topics as globalization, the impact of science and technology, evolving roles for religion, and expands upon the text's multicultural coverage. It continues to offer strong pedagogical tools including "History Through Film" to help draw students into the material and show the relevance of history to their own lives. Backed by an ancillary package unmatched in this market, including HistoryNOW (part of the CengageNOW suite of teaching and learning products), LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER is available in the following volume splits: *LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CONCISE EDITION (Chapters 1-31), ISBN: 049505013X; *LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOLUME 1: TO 1877, CONCISE EDITION (Chapters 1-17), ISBN: 0495050555; and *LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOLUME II: SINCE 1863, CONCISE EDITION (Chapters 17-31), ISBN: 0495050563.

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, offers students a clear, concise understanding of how America transformed itself, 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. The authors promote this understanding by telling the story of America through the lens of three major themes: liberty, equality, and power. This approach helps students 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. This Concise Fourth Edition updates the text's proven ability to cover social and cultural history with such timely topics as globalization, the impact of science and technology, evolving roles for religion, and expands upon the text's multicultural coverage. It continues to offer strong pedagogical tools including "History Through Film" to help draw students into the material and show the relevance of history to their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495050551
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Series: Liberty, Equality, Power Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 840,000
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (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 19th century. He served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998-99.

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).

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.

Emily Rosenberg specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the 20th century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890-1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Senior Book Award; and A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2004). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003), and numerous articles dealing with foreign relations in the context of international finance, American culture, and gender ideology. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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Table of Contents

1. WHEN OLD WORLDS COLLIDE: CONTACT, CONQUEST, CATASTROPHE. Peoples in Motion. Europe and the World in the 15th Century. Spain, Columbus, and the Americas. The Emergence of Complex Societies in the Americas. Contact and Cultural Misunderstanding. Conquest and Catastrophe. Explanations: Patterns of Conquest, Submission, and Resistance. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 2. THE CHALLENGE TO SPAIN AND THE SETTLEMENT OF NORTH AMERICA. The Protestant Reformation and the Challenge to Spain. New France. History Through Film: Black Robe. The Dutch and Swedish Settlements. The Challenge from Elizabethan England. The Swarming of the English. The Chesapeake and West Indian Colonies. The New England Colonies. The English Civil Wars. The First Restoration Colonies. Brotherly Love: The Quakers and America. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 3. ENGLAND DISCOVERS ITS COLONIES: EMPIRE, LIBERTY, AND EXPANSION. The Spectrum of Settlement. The Beginnings of Empire. Indians, Settlers, Upheaval. Crisis in England and the Redefinition of Empire. The Glorious Revolution. Contrasting Empires: Spain and France in North America. An Empire of Settlement: The British Colonies. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 4. PROVINCIAL AMERICA AND THE STRUGGLE FOR A CONTINENT. Expansion versus Anglicization. Expansion, Immigration, and Regional Differentiation. Anglicizing Provincial America. The Great Awakening. Political Culture in the Colonies. The Renewal of Imperial Conflict. The War for North America. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 5. REFORM, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION. Imperial Reform. The Stamp Act Crisis. The Townshend Crisis. Internal Cleavages: The Contagion of Liberty. The Last Imperial Crisis. The Improvised War. History Through Film: 1776. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 6. THE REVOLUTIONARY REPUBLIC. Hearts and Minds: The Northern War, 1776-1777. The Campaigns of 1777 and Foreign Intervention. The Reconstitution of Authority. The Crisis of the Revolution, 1779-1783. History Through Film: Mary Silliman's War. The British Offensive in the South. A Revolutionary Society. A More Perfect Union. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 7. THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, 1790-1820. The Farmer's Republic. History Through Film: A Midwife's Tale. From Backcountry to Frontier. The Plantation South, 1790-1820. The Seaport Cities, 1790-1815. The Assault on Authority. Republican Religion. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 8. COMPLETING THE REVOLUTION, 1789-1815. Establishing the Government. The Republic in a World at War, 1793-1800. The Jeffersonians in Power. The Republic and the Napoleonic Wars, 1804-1815. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 9. THE MARKET REVOLUTION, 1815-1860. Government and Markets. The Transportation Revolution. From Yeoman to Businessman: The Rural North and West. The Industrial Revolution. The Market Revolution in the South. History Through Film: Gangs of New York. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 10. TOWARD AN AMERICAN CULTURE. The Northern Middle Class. The Plain People of the North. The Rise of Popular Culture. Family, Church, and Neighborhood: The White South. The Private Lives of Slaves. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 11. SOCIETY, CULTURE, AND POLITICS, 1820S-1840S. Constituencies. The Politics of Economic Development. The Politics of Social Reform. The Politics of Alcohol. The Politics of Race. The Politics of Gender and Sex. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 12. JACKSONIAN DEMOCRACY. Prologue: 1819. Republican Revival. Adams versus Jackson. Jacksonian Democracy and the South. History Through Film: Amistad. Jacksonian Democracy and the Market Revolution. The Second American Party System. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 13. MANIFEST DESTINY: AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY—OR SLAVERY? Growth as the American Way. History Through Film: The Alamo. The Mexican War. The Election of 1848. The Compromise of 1850. Filibustering.The Gray-Eyed Man of History. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 14. THE GATHERING TEMPEST, 1853-1860. Kansas and the Rise of the Republican Party. Immigration and Nativism. Bleeding Kansas. The Election of 1856. The Economy in the 1850s. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 15. SECESSION AND CIVIL WAR, 1860-1862. The Election of 1860. The Lower South Secedes. Choosing Sides. The Balance Sheet of War. Navies, the Blockade, and Foreign Relations. Campaigns and Battles, 1861-1862. Confederate Counteroffensives. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 16. A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM, 1862-1865. Slavery and the War. A Winter of Discontent. Blueprint for Modern America. The Confederate Tide Crests and Recedes. Black Men in Blue. The Year of Decision. Lincoln's Reelection and the End of the Confederacy. Conclusion. Suggested Readings. 17. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863-1877. Wartime Reconstruction. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. The Advent of Congressional Reconstruction. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The Grant Administration. History Through Film: Birth of a Nation. The Retreat from Reconstruction. Conclusion. Suggested Readings.

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