Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Volume I: To 1877, Concise Edition / Edition 5

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Overview

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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"I have been using [LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER] for 10 years at 4 different colleges; I believe 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."

"I like the thematic approach [of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER]--it helps students to connect the material from chapter to chapter. It also enables us to track the progress of the country in the selected areas."

"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495903826
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 920,032
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (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 cover topics ranging from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the emergence of the legal profession, the Salem witch trials, 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); and A SHOPKEEPER'S MILLENNIUM: SOCIETY AND REVIVALS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, 1815-1837, 25th Anniversary Edition (2004). In addition, he is coauthor (with Sean Wilentz) of THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA (1994) and is 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 nineteenth and twentieth 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). She 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 most recent book is OUT ON ASSIGNMENT: NEWSPAPER WOMEN AND THE MAKING OF MODERN PUBLIC SPACE (2011). Her honors include an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the Huntington Library.

Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He previously taught at Princeton University, the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, and Vanderbilt University. A historian of the twentieth-century United States, he is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of six books and the author of nearly 35 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). A new book on the principles underlying the use of public power in America from the Revolution to the present will soon be published by Princeton University Press. He has served on the board of editors of 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, the Harmsworth Visiting Professorship of American History at the University of Oxford, 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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