A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God

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Overview

A fresh and engaging account of America's history from European contact to the election of Barack Obama. Bruce Kuklick’s straightforward yet authoritative narrative, provides a clear and concise way through the complexities of American history without oversimplifying or assuming prior knowledge. The book places politics in the context of religious culture and tries to account for the assertive expansion at the heart of the development of the U.S. Supported by wide-ranging examples, extracts from primary sources, maps, photos and illustrations, this compelling yet balanced account of America’s political, cultural and religious history will be core reading for undergraduate students of American history.

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"In this refreshingly accessible textbook, Kuklick presents a convincing picture of United States history as always engaged with religious issues, though in a striking variety of ways... It bends over backwards to treat controversial developments in the United States' contentious political history as fairly as possible... Readers looking for a reliable general history - with especially adpet handling of the nation's diplomacy, and an eye alert for the ongoing significance of religion - will find exactly what they are seeking. In an era where the fashions of professional historians run to ever more minutely focused research, it takes fortitude to attempt a one-author summation of the whole American past." —Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230221376
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Kuklick is Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of ten books in the fields of American political, diplomatic, intellectual and sports history. He has received several major teaching awards offered by the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: MAKING A STATE
The European Impact in America, 1494-1676
North American Colonies, 1632-1732
The Colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774
War and Order, 1775-1787
PART II: CONSOLIDATING THE POWER OF THE STATE
The Culture of Politics, 1788-1826
From Coexistence to Expansion, 1783-1832
Nationalism, Sectionalism, and Slavery, 1820-1861
Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865
The Sections Integrated: South, West, and Northeast, 1865-1896
PART III: THE AMERICAN STATE AND THE WORLD
The New Empire, 1890-1917
Progressive America, 1900-1920
The Crises of Progressive Capitalism, 1919-1933
The Cosmopolitan New Deal in Depression and War, 1933 -1945
Cold War America, 1945-1963
PART IV: PERSONAL POLITICS AND THE STATE
The Long 1960s, 1954-1975
Cultural Divisions and Cultural Imperialism, 1968-2000
Epilogue: America in History, 2001 and After
Critical Suggestions for Reading and Study
Index

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