Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People / Edition 2

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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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"The readability of [LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER] makes it easy for students to understand sometimes complex ideas. . . . The various [primary source features] provide opportunities to explore different ideas and often provide discussion topics, writing assignments, or extra credit."

"One strong aspect of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER . . . is narrative that tries to balance cultural, economic, political, and social historical interpretations. . . . The text is often regarded as one of the best of its type."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155082625
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 800

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.

Pekka Hämäläinen is the Rhodes Professor of American history at Oxford University. A specialist in early American, Native American, borderlands, and environmental history, he is the author of THE COMANCHE EMPIRE (2008), which won multiple awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Norris and Hundley Award, the William P. Clements Prize, and the Caughey Western History Association Prize. His writings have appeared in the AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, HISTORY AND THEORY, the WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, and the WESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY. He is currently working on a project on nomadic empires in world history, which is funded by the European Research Council.

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).

Denver Brunsman writes on the politics and social history of the American Revolution, the early American republic, and the British Atlantic world. His book THE EVIL NECESSITY: BRITISH NAVAL IMPRESSMENT IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ATLANTIC WORLD (2013) received the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies in the Americas and Atlantic world. He also is an editor of THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION READER (2013) and COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition (2011), among other works. His honors include year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan; and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He teaches an annual course on "George Washington and His World," which meets at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

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).

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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 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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