Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History / Edition 1

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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, the book 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—including Mary Dyer and Cotton Mather, Andrew Jackson and Tecumseh, and John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742561915
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.01 (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

Ch. 1 A New Birth of Freedom Deferred 1

Benjamin R. Tillman 3

Ida B. Wells 11

Ch. 2 Final Frontiers, Vanishing Americans 22

Geronimo (Goyahkla) 26

Helen Hunt Jackson 36

Ch. 3 Wealth and Social justice in Industrial America 45

Andrew Carnegie 48

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones 58

Ch. 4 Progressive Americans and the World 69

Woodrow Wilson 70

Randolph Bourne 79

Ch. 5 Popular Culture in the New Era 92

Babe Ruth 93

Louis Armstrong 102

Ch. 6 Defending Democracy in Hard Times 114

Floyd Olson 116

Eleanor Roosevelt 124

Ch. 7 Questions of Loyalty in War and Peace 138

Charles Lindbergh 140

J. Robert Oppenheimer 149

Ch. 8 The Cold War at Home 160

Paul Robeson 162

Pat McCarran 173

Ch. 9 New Frontiers in Activism 184

Rachel Carson 186

Betty Friedan 193

Ch. 10 Racial Justice: Thought and Action 207

James Baldwin 209

Stokely Carmichael 219

Ch. 11 Waging the Vietnam War 231

Robert McNamara 234

David Halberstam 243

Ch. 12 The New Right: Root and Branch 255

William F. Buckley Jr. 258

Ronald Reagan 269

Ch. 13 Uncharted Territory: America in the Twenty-first Century 283

George W. Bush 286

Barack Obama 296

Index 309

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