Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History / Edition 2

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Lives and Times is a biographical reader designed to acquaint students with major issues in American history through the lives of individuals, prominent and otherwise, whose activities and ideas were crucial in shaping the course of the nation's history. Employing a narrative style, each volume consists of thirteen chapters in which the lives of two individuals are examined in the broader context of major historical themes. Readers will find not only a diversity of individuals profiled, but also themes spanning political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual and military history. This combined biographical/thematic approach provides the reader with more extensive biographical information and a fuller examination of key issues than is commonly offered in core texts. Each chapter also offers study questions and a bibliography.

Also Available: Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History: To 1877 by Blaine T. Browne and Robert C. Cottrell

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Short
This is a solid collection of biographies, and Browne and Cottrell have done an excellent job selecting their subjects. Lives and Times examines the issues and challenges of the past through the individuals who experienced it. A great addition for teaching and understanding history.
Worth Robert Miller
Each chapter of Lives and Times is well constructed, engagingly written, and enlightening. Examining the various actions, commitments, and values of these fascinating historical actors brings history alive, provides insight into the various tensions that have influenced the development of modern American society, and will compel students to develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary to succeed in today's global society.
David W. Levy
Readers of this book will meet some of the most interesting, important, and memorable characters in American history—men and women whose stories are expertly and beautifully recounted in these pages. But they will also see reflected and illuminated in these lives great forces and momentous issues, the passions and motives and movements that have shaped our country. The authors' approach humanizes what might have been lifeless abstractions, showing how the largest of matters can touch and change the lives of individuals and how individuals can give life and voice to things bigger than themselves.
Paul Boyer
These well-researched, highly readable biographical narratives vividly evoke key issues and trends in American history from the early Colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The subjects are well chosen to illuminate central features of their era, and each chapter's introductory essay positions these men and women in their larger historical context. Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History should find a broad audience of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742561946
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Blaine T. Browne is professor of history at Broward College. Robert C. Cottrell is professor of history at California State University. Together, they have co-authored Uncertain Order: The World in the Twentieth Century, Lives and Legacies: Biographies in Western Civilization, and Modern American Lives: Biographies in American History since 1945.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A New Birth of Freedom Deferred: Benjamin R. Tillman, Ida B. Wells
Chapter 2: Final Frontiers, Vanishing Americans: Geronimo, Helen Hunt Jackson
Chapter 3: Wealth and Social Justice in the Industrial Age: Andrew Carnegie, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
Chapter 4: Progressive America in the World: Woodrow Wilson, Randolph Bourne
Chapter 5: Popular Culture in the New Era: Babe Ruth, Louis Armstrong
Chapter 6: Defending Democracy in Hard Times: Floyd Olson, Eleanor Roosevelt
Chapter 7: Questions of Loyalty in Peace and War: Charles Lindbergh, J. Robert Oppenheimer
Chapter 8: Defining Dissent in Cold War America: Paul Robeson, Pat McCarran
Chapter 9: New Frontiers in Activism: Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan
Chapter 10: Racial Justice: Thought and Action: James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael
Chapter 11: The Agony of Vietnam: Robert McNamara, David Halberstam
Chapter 12: The New Right: Root and Branch: William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan
Chapter 13: Uncertain Times: America Enters the 21st Century: George W. Bush, Barack Obama

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