Of the People: A History of the United States

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Overview

Of the People: A History of the United States not only tells the history of America—of its people and places, of its dealings and ideals—but it also unfolds the story of American democracy, carefully marking how this country's evolution has been anything but certain, from its complex beginnings to its modern challenges.

This comprehensive survey focuses on the social and political lives of people—some famous, some ordinary—revealing the compelling story of America's democracy from an individual perspective, from across the landscapes of diverse communities, and ultimately from within the larger context of the world.

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"Of the People is solid, well-written, and up-to-date. This is a state-of-the-art encapsulation of the scholarship in an accessible format. It is judicious and evenhanded, and has no axes to grind."—Mark Elliott, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"Of the People's main strength is its thematic cohesiveness centered on democracy, people, and power. The authors have integrated the myriad elements of the human experience: the political, economic, social, cultural, and military aspects of national life into an interesting narrative that combines keen analysis with engaging storytelling."—Gabriela Gonzalez, The University of Texas at San Antonio

"This textbook is about as good as a US History survey text can get due to its overall narrative and extra features."—John C. Pinheiro, Aquinas College

"The main strength of this text is the writing. It is excellent. It is engaging. It is thoughtful."—Mary E. Glade, St. Cloud State University

"Of the People is a well-written narrative that captures the drama of the American experience and places it in a historical perspective that both students and scholars can appreciate."—Matthew Oyos, Radford University

"Of the People emphasizes America's rich cultural heritage and helps students to think critically about the past."—Christopher Thrasher, Texas Technology University

"This book provides a very well-written, engaging narrative that students will find compelling and exciting to read. Its features include devices for capturing students' attention; stories that allow for greater empathy with historical figures, and strategies for organizing students' thoughts in effective and meaningful ways."—William B. Carter, South Texas College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195371031
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1184
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Oakes is Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Michael McGerr is Paul V. McNutt Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Jan Ellen Lewis is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark. She also teaches in the history PhD program at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and was a visiting professor of history at Princeton.

Nick Cullather is a historian of U.S. foreign relations at Indiana University-Bloomington.

The late Jeanne Boydston was Robinson-Edwards Professor of American History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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