Making America: A History of the United States, Volume A: To 1877, Brief / Edition 2

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With an accessible reading style abundant pedagogy, and reasonable price tag, MAKING AMERICA, BRIEF, is the perfect choice for inexperienced students and cost-conscious professors. The Second Edition features chapter-opening maps, timelines, and chronology charts that emphasize key developments, enhance geographical awareness, and highlight political events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618044283
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/9/2000
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Carol Berkin received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her dissertation won the Bancroft Award. She is now Presidential Professor of history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She has written JONATHAN SEWALL: ODYSSEY OF AN AMERICAN LOYALIST (1974); FIRST GENERATIONS: WOMEN IN COLONIAL AMERICA (l996); A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: INVENTING THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (2002); and REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE (2005). She has edited WOMEN OF AMERICA: A HISTORY (with Mary Beth Norton, 1979); WOMEN, WAR AND REVOLUTION (with Clara M. Lovett, 1980); WOMEN'S VOICES, WOMEN'S LIVES: DOCUMENTS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (with Leslie Horowitz, 1998) and LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK: A WOMEN'S STUDIES READER (with Judith Pinch and Carole Appel, 2005). She was contributing editor on southern women for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTHERN CULTURE and has appeared in the PBS series "Liberty! The American Revolution; Ben Franklin; and Alexander Hamilton" and The History Channel's "Founding Fathers." Professor Berkin chaired the Dunning Beveridge Prize Committee for the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar in Early American History, and the Taylor Prize Committee of the Southern Association of Women Historians, and she served on the program committees for both the Society for the History of the Early American Republic and the Organization of American Historians. She has served on the Planning Committee for the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, and chaired the CLEPCommittee for Educational Testing Service. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and The National Council for History Education.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Christopher L. Miller received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis and Clark College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently associate professor of history at the University of Texas—Pan American. He is the author of PROPHETIC WORLDS: INDIANS AND WHITES ON THE COLUMBIA PLATEAU (1985), which was recently (2003) republished as part of the "Columbia Northwest Classics Series" by the University of Washington Press. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies as well as standard reference works. Dr. Miller is also active in contemporary Indian affairs, having served, for example, as a participant in the American Indian Civics Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. He has been a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and was the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History at Lemonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Professor Miller has also been active in projects designed to improve history teaching, including programs funded by the Meadows Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies.

Born in Marysville, Kansas, and raised in Beatrice, Nebraska, Robert W. Cherny received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is professor of history at San Francisco State University. His books include COMPETING VISIONS: A HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA (with Richard Griswold del Castillo, 2005); AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE GILDED AGE, 1868-1900 (1997); SAN FRANCISCO, 1865-1932: POLITICS, POWER, AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (with William Issel, 1986); A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN (1985, 1994); and POPULISM, PROGRESSIVISM, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF NEBRASKA POLITICS, 1885-1915 (1981). He is co-editor of AMERICAN LABOR AND THE COLD WAR: UNIONS, POLITICS, AND POSTWAR POLITICAL CULTURE (with William Issel and Keiran Taylor, 2004). His articles on politics and labor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have appeared in journals, anthologies, and historical dictionaries and encyclopedias. In 2000, he and Ellen Du Bois co-edited a special issue of the "Pacific Historical Review" that surveyed woman suffrage movements in nine locations around the Pacific Rim. He has been an NEH Fellow, Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has served as president of H-Net (an association of more than one hundred electronic networks for scholars in the humanities and social sciences), the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and of the Southwest Labor Studies Association; as treasurer of the Organization of American Historians; and as a member of the council of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch.

Born in Riverside, California, James L. Gormly received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is now professor of history and chair of the history department at Washington and Jefferson College. He has written THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE (1970) and FROM POTSDAM TO THE COLD WAR (1979). His articles and reviews have appeared in "Diplomatic History," "The Journal of American History" "The American Historical Review," "The Historian," "The History Teacher," and "The Journal of Interdisciplinary History."

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Suggested Readings. 1. MAKING A "NEW" WORLD, TO 1588. American Origins. European Outreach and the Age of Exploration. The Challenges of Mutual Discovery. 2. A CONTINENT ON THE MOVE, 1400-1725. The New Europe and the Atlantic World. Individual Choices: Cabeza de Vaca. European Empires in America. Indians and the European Challenge. Conquest and Accommodation in a Shared New World. 3. FOUNDING THE ENGLISH MAINLAND COLONIES, 1607-1732. England and Colonization. Settling the Chesapeake. New England: Colonies of Dissenters. The Pluralism of the Middle Colonies. The Colonies of the Lower South. 4. THE BRITISH COLONIES IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, 1689-1763. The British Transatlantic Communities of Trade. Community and Work in Colonial Society. Individual Choices: James Revel. Reason and Religion in Colonial Society. Government and Politics in the Mainland Colonies. North America and the Struggle for Empire. 5. CHOOSING LOYALTIES, 1763-1776. Victory's New Problems. Asserting American Rights. The Crisis Renewed. The Decision for Independence. Individual Choices: Esther Quincy Sewall. 6. RE-CREATING AMERICA: INDEPENDENCE AND A NEW NATION, 1775-1783. The First Two Years of War. Influences away from the Battlefield. From Stalemate to Victory. Republican Expectations in the New Nation. Making History: A Revolution in Women's Education. 7. COMPETING VISIONS OF THE VIRTUOUS REPUBLIC, 1776-1800. What Kind of a Republic?. Challenges to the Confederation. Creating a New Government. Resolving the Conflict of Visions. Competing Visions Reemerge. Conflict in the Adams Administration. Making History: Restraining Federal Power. 8. THE TRIUMPHS AND TRIALS OF JEFFERSONIANISM, 1800-1815. The "Revolution of 1800". Republicanism in Action. Challenge and Uncertainty in Jefferson's America. Troubling Currents in Jefferson's America. Crises in the Nation. The Nation at War. The War's Strange Conclusion. Individual Choices: William Weatherford. 9. THE RISE OF A NEW NATION, 1815-1836. The Emergence of New Expectations. Politics and Diplomacy in an Era of Good Feelings. Dynamic Growth and Political Consequences. The "New Man" in Politics. The Presidency of Andrew Jackson. Individual Choices: Samuel Austin Worcester. 10. THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, 1815-1840. The Transportation Revolution. The Manufacturing Boom. The New Cotton Empire in the South. 11. RESPONSES TO THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, 1815-1840. Reactions to Changing Conditions. Toward an American Culture. The Whig Alternative to Jacksonian Democracy. Making History: Prescribing Middle-Class Expectations. 12. WESTWARD EXPANSION AND MANIFEST DESTINY, 1841-1849. The Explosion Westward. The Social Fabric in the West. The Triumph of "Manifest Destiny". Individual Choices: Lorenzo de Zavala. Expansion and Sectional Crisis. 13. SECTIONAL CONFLICT AND SHATTERED UNION, 1850-1861. New Political Choices. Toward a House Divided. Individual Choices: Harriet Tubman. The Divided Nation. The Nation Dissolved. 14. A VIOLENT SOLUTION: CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865. The Politics of War. From Bull Run to Antietam. The Human Dimensions of War. Waging Total War. Making History: The Choice for Emancipation. 15. RECONSTRUCTION: HIGH HOPES AND BROKEN DREAMS, 1865-1877. Presidential Reconstruction. Freedom and the Legacy of Slavery. Congressional Reconstruction. Black Reconstruction. The End of Reconstruction. APPENDIX. Bibliography. Documents: Declaration of Independence; Constitution of the United States. Tables: Territorial Expansion of the United States; Admission of States into the Union; Presidential Elections. Index.

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