Out of Many: A History of the American People, Volume II / Edition 3

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This major revision of a pathbreaking book weaves together the complex interaction of social, political, and historical forces that have shaped the United States and from which "the American people" have evolved by telling stories of people and of the nation and emphasizing that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region. Traditional turning points and watershed events are integrated with the stories of the nation's many diverse communities. The book's trademark "continental" approach has been expanded to incorporate a greater hemispheric perspective, while a new community and memory feature analyzes the role—and the conflicts—of historical memory in shaping communities' understanding of the past. Community and memory essays examine such topics as conflicts over Indian burial grounds, controversies surrounding the Alamo, and the way in which the American media is putting the World Trade Center bombing into historical perspective. Incorporates the latest research on the South, popular culture, science and technology, and the Cold War. Features full coverage of the African American experience—with full chapters on slavery and empire in the colonial period and the civil rights movement from the 1940's to the 1960's. Discussion of the role of minorities includes African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. Historians and anyone interested in American history from a narrative approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780139497520
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 557
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 4.28 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Continent of Villages, to 1500
2 When Worlds Collide, 1492-1588
3 Planting Colonies in North America, 1588-1701
4 Slavery and Empire, 1441-1770
5 The Cultures of Colonial North America, 1701-1780
6 From Empire to Independence, 1750-1776
7 The Creation of the United States, 1776-1786
8 The United States of North America, 1787-1800
9 The Agrarian Republic, 1790-1824
10 The Growth of Democracy, 1824-1840
11 The South and Slavery, 1790s-1850s
12 Industry and the North, 1790s-1840s
13 Coming to Terms with the New Age, 1820s-1850s
14 The Territorial Expansion of the United States, 1830s-1850s
15 The Coming Crisis, the 1850s
16 The Civil War, 1861-1865
17 Reconstruction, 1863-1877
18 Conquest and Survival: Communities in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1860-1900
19 The Incorporation of America, 1865-1900
20 Commonwealth and Empire, 1870s-1900s
21 Urban America and the Progressive Era, 1900-1920
22 World War I, 1914-1920
23 The Twenties, 1920-1929
24 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1940
25 World War II, 1941-1945
26 The Cold War, 1945-1952
27 America at Midcentury, 1952-1963
28 Civil Rights and the Great Society, 1945-1963
29 War Abroad, War at Home, 1965-1974
30 The Overextended Society, 1974-1980
31 The Conservative Ascendancy, 1980-1992
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Out of Many: A History of the American People, fourth edition, offers a distinctive and timely approach to American history, highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of Americans in the unfolding story of our country. The stories of these communities offer a way of examining the complex historical forces shaping people's lives at various moments in our past. The debates and conflicts surrounding the most momentous issues in our national life—independence, emerging democracy, slavery, westward settlement, imperial expansion, economic depression, war, technological change—were largely worked out in the context of local communities. Through communities we focus on the persistent tensions between everyday life and those larger decisions and events that continually reshape the circumstances of local life. Each chapter opens with a description of a representative community. Some of these portraits feature American communities struggling with one another: African slaves and English masters on the rice plantations of colonial Georgia, or Tejanos and Americans during the Texas war of independence. Other chapters feature portraits of communities facing social change: the feminists of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, or the African Americans of Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. As the story unfolds we find communities growing to include ever larger groups of Americans: the soldiers from every colony who forged the Continental Army into a patriotic national force at Valley Forge during the American Revolution, or the moviegoers who aspired to a collective dream of material prosperity and upward mobility during the 1920s.

Out of Many is also theonly American history text with a truly continental perspective. With community vignettes from New England to the South, the Midwest to the far West, we encourage students to appreciate the great expanse of our nation. For example, a vignette of seventeenth-century Sante Fé, New Mexico, illustrates the founding of the first European settlements in the New World. We present territorial expansion into the American West from the viewpoint of the Mandan villagers of the upper Missouri River of North Dakota. We introduce the policies of the Reconstruction era through the experience of African Americans in Hale County, Alabama. A continental perspective drives home to students that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region.

In these ways Out of Many breaks new ground, but without compromising its coverage of the traditional turning points that we believe are critically important to an understanding of the American past. Among these watershed events are the Revolution and the struggle over the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Great Depression and World War II. In Out of Many, however, we seek to integrate the narrative of national history with the story of the nation's many diverse communities. The Revolutionary and Constitutional period tested the ability of local communities to forge a new unity, and success depended on their ability to build a nation without compromising local identity. The Civil War and Reconstruction formed a second great test of the balance between the national ideas of the Revolution and the power of local and sectional communities. The Depression and the New Deal demonstrated the importance of local communities and the growing power of national institutions during the greatest economic challenge in our history. Out of Many also looks back in a new and comprehensive way—from the vantage point of the beginning of a new century and the end of the cold war—at the salient events of the last fifty years and their impact on American communities. The community focus of Out of Many weaves the stories of the people and the nation into a single compelling narrative.

Out of Many, fourth edition; includes expanded coverage of our diverse heritage. Our country is appropriately known as "a nation of immigrants," and the history of immigration to America, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, is fully integrated into the text. There is sustained and close attention to our place in the world, with special emphasis on our relations with the nations of the Western Hemisphere, especially our near neighbors, Canada and Mexico. In a completely new final chapter we consider the promises and the risks of American diversity in the new century. The statistical data has been completely updated with the results of the 2000 census. We have also incorporated new scholarship on the South, popular culture, science and technology, and the Cold War.

The fourth edition also includes an important new feature, Community & Memory, in which we examine the way American communities have attempted to commemorate and memorialize the past. Communities sometimes come to blows over different ways of looking at history. Arguments over the meaning of the past are not confined to the classroom.


With each edition of Out of Many we have sought to strengthen its unique integration of the best of traditional American history with its innovative community-based focus and strong continental perspective. A wealth of special features and pedagogical aids reinforces our narrative and helps students grasp key issues.

  • Community and Diversity. Out of Many, fourth edition, opens with an introduction, titled "Community and Diversity," that acquaints students with the major themes of the book, providing them with a framework for understanding American history.

  • Community & Memory. New to the fourth edition, this special illustrated feature, located at the end of Chapters 1, 4, 6, 9, 14, 19, 21, 25, 28, and 31, examines the ways in which American communities have attempted to commemorate the past and the conflicts that arise when the meaning of the past divides the members of a community. Discussion questions and annotated links to relevant Websites for each Community & Memory feature are found on the Companion Website for Out of Many.

  • Maps. Out of Many, fourth edition, has more maps than any other American history textbook. Most maps include topographical detail that helps students appreciate the impact of geography on history. Many maps have been redrawn to better reflect a hemispheric perspective.

  • Web Explorations. New to the fourth edition, Web explorations are tied directly up to two maps in each chapter and provide interactive exploration of key geographical, chronological, and thematic concepts in each chapter. Each Web exploration is found on the Companion Website for Out of Many: and on the Mapping American History CD-ROM, which is packaged with each copy of the text.

  • Overview tables. Overview tables provide students with a summary of complex issues.

  • Graphs, charts, and tables. Every chapter includes one or more graphs, charts, or tables that help students understand important events and trends.

  • Photos and Illustrations. The abundant illustrations in Out of Many, 30 percent of them new to the fourth edition, include many that have never before been used in an American history text. None of the images is anachronistic—each one dates from the historical period under discussion.

    Extensive captions treat the images as visual primary source documents from the American past, describing their source and explaining their significance. Chapter-opening outlines and key topics lists. These pedagogical aids provide students with a succinct preview of the material covered in each chapter.
  • Chronologies. A chronology at the end of each chapter helps students build a framework oaf key events.

  • Review Questions. Review questions helps students review, reinforce, and retain the material in each chapter and encourage them to relate the material to broader issues in American history.

  • Recommended Reading and Additional Bibliography. The works in the short, annotated Recommended Reading list at the end of each chapter have been selected with the interested introductory student in mind. The extensive Additional Bibliography provides a comprehensive overview of current scholarship on the subject of the chapter.

  • History on the Internet. New to the fourth edition, sections in each chapter list useful Web resources related to the topics discussed, along with helpful comments describing the material on each site.


In classrooms across the country, many instructors encounter students who perceive history as merely a jumble of names, dates, and events. Out of Many, fourth edition, brings our dynamic past alive for these students with a text and accompanying print and multimedia classroom assistance package that combine sound scholarship, engaging narrative, and a rich array of cutting-edge pedagogical tools.


Instructor's Resource Manual

A true time-saver in developing and preparing lecture presentations, the Instructor's Resource Manual contains chapter outlines, detailed chapter overviews, lecture topics, discussion questions, readings, and information about audio-visual resources.

Test Item File

The Test Item File offers a menu of more than 1,500 multiple-choice, identification, matching, true-false, and essay test questions and 10-15 questions per chapter on the maps found in each chapter. The guide includes a collection of blank maps that can be photocopied and used for map testing purposes or for other class exercises.

Prentice Hall Custom Test

This commercial-quality computerized test management program, available for Windows and Macintosh environments, allows instructors to select items from the Test Item File and design their own exams.

Transparency Pack

This collection of more than 160 full-color transparency acetates provides instructors with all the maps, charts, and graphs in the text for use in the classroom. Each transparency is accompanied by a page of descriptive material and discussion questions.

Study Guide, Volumes I and II

Each chapter in the Study Guide includes a chapter commentary and outline, identification terms, multiple-choice questions, short essay questions, map questions, and questions based on primary source extracts.

Documents Set, Volumes I and II

In revising the documents set for the fourth edition, the authors have selected and carefully edited more than 300 documents that relate directly to the themes and content of the text and organized them into five general categories: community, social history, government, culture, and politics. Each document is approximately two pages long and includes a brief introduction and study questions intended to encourage students to analyze the document critically and relate it to the content of the text. The Documents Set is available at a substantial discount when packaged with Out of Many.

Retrieving the American Past, 2003 Edition

Written and developed by leading historians and educators, this reader is an on-demand history database that offers 300 primary source documents (eight new to the 2003 edition) on key topics in American History, such as: Women on the Frontier, The Salem Witchcraft Scare, The Age of Industrial Violence, and Native American Societies, 1870-1995. Each module includes an introduction, several primary documents and secondary sources, follow-up questions, and recommendations for further reading. By deciding which modules to include and the order in which they will appear, instructors can compile a custom reader to fit their needs. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for more information about this exciting custom publishing option.

Many Lives, Many Stories: Biographies in American History

New to the fourth edition, this two-volume collection of sixty-two biographies in American history was writ ten specifically to match the chapter sequence and' themes of Out of Many.

Introductions, prereading questions, suggested readings, and a special prologue about the role of biography in the study of American history enrich this important new supplement. Available free when packaged with Out of Many. Annotated links to relevant Websites for each biography can be found on the Companion Website for Out of Many.

Understanding and Answering Essay Questions

Prepared by Mary L. Kelley, San Antonio College

This brief guide suggests helpful study techniques as well as specific analytical tools for understanding different types of essay questions and provides precise guidelines for preparing well-crafted essay answers. The guide is available free to students when packaged with Out of Many.

Reading Critically About History

Prepared by Rose Wassman and Lee Rinsky, both of DeAnza College.

This brief guide provides students with helpful strategies for reading a history textbook. It is available free when packaged with Out of Many.

Themes of the Times

Themes of the Times is a newspaper supplement prepared jointly by Prentice Hall and the premier news publication, the New York Times. Issued twice a year, it contains recent articles pertinent to American history. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for details.

Prentice Hall and Penguin Bundle Program

Prentice Hall and Penguin are pleased to provide adopters of Out of Many with an opportunity to receive significant discounts when orders for Out of Many are bundled together with Penguin titles in American history. Please contact your local Prentice Hall representative for details.


Out of Many Companion Website™

With the Out of Many Companion Website™ students can take full advantage of the Web and use it in tandem with the text to enrich their study of American history. The Companion Website™ ties the text to related material available on the Internet. Its many instructional features include learning objectives and study questions organized by the primary subtopics of each chapter, map labeling exercises, annotated links, document questions, and Community & Memory resources.

Mapping American History CD-ROM

This innovative electronic supplement takes advantage of the interactive capabilities of multimedia technology to enrich students' understanding of the geographic dimensions of history with animated maps, timelines, and related on-screen activities tied directly to key issues in each chapter of Out of Many.

Instructor CD-ROM for Out of Many

This new multimedia ancillary section contains a Power Point™ presentation directly linked to the text, as well as maps and graphs from Out of Many, lecture outlines, and other instructional materials.

History on the Internet: Evaluating Online Resources

This brief guide introduces students to the origin and innovations behind the Internet and provides clear strategies for navigating the Web to find historical materials. Exercises within and at the end of the chapters allow students to practice searching the wealth of resources available to the student of history. This 48-page supplementary book is free to students when packaged with Out of Many.

Course Management Systems

As the leader in course-management solutions for teachers and students of history, Prentice Hall provides a variety of online tools.

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