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Shaped with a clear political chronology, MAKING AMERICA reflects the variety of individual experiences and cultures that comprise American society. The authors' goal is to spark readers' curiosity and invite them to explore and "do" history rather than simply read about it. The book conveys the surprising twists and turns as well as the individual and collective tales of success and failure that are the real story of the American past. The strongly chronological narrative, together with visuals and an integrated program of learning aids, makes the historical content vivid and comprehensible.
1. Making a "New" World, to 1588. 2. A Continent on the Move, 1400-1725. 3. Founding the English Mainland Colonies, 1585-1732. 4. The English Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, 1689-1763. 5. Deciding Where Loyalties Lie, 1763-1776. 6. Recreating America: Independence and a New Nation, 1775-1783. 7. Competing Visions of the Virtuous Republic, 1770-1796. 8. The Early Republic, 1796-1804. 9. Increasing Conflict and War, 1805-1815. 10. The Rise of a New Nation, 1815-1836. 11. Modernization and Expansion, 1828-1848. 12. Responses to Expansion and Change, 1828-1848. 13. Sectional Conflict and Shattered Union, 1848-1860. 14. A Violent Choice: Civil War, 1861-1865. 15. Reconstruction: High Hopes and Shattered Dreams, 1865-1877. 16. The Nation Industrializes, 1865-1900. 17. Life in the Gilded Age, 1865-1900. 18. Politics and Foreign Relations in a Rapidly Changing Nation, 1865-1902. 19. The Progressive Era, 1900-1917. 20. The United States in a World at War, 1913-1920. 21. Prosperity Decade, 1920-1928. 22. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939. 23. America's Rise to World Leadership, 1929-1945. 24. Truman and Cold War America, 1945-1952. 25. Quest for Consensus, 1952-1960. 26. Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960-1968. 27. America Under Stress, 1967-1976. 28. New Economic and Political Alignments, 1976-1992. 29. Entering a New Century, 1992-2013. Documents. Declaration of Independence. Articles of Confederation. Constitution of the United States of America and Amendments. Presidential Elections. Index.