A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God

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This book is 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 US. 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 and holds the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Studies Center in the Netherlands. Lisa Birnbach's College Book has recognized him as the best teacher at Penn, and he has received the History Departments teaching prize and all of the Universitys major awards — the Lindback and Abrams Prizes, the Senior Class Award, and the Richard Dunn Prize. The Teaching Company of Washington, D. C., has taped his lectures in its Superstar Teachers series. Kuklick is the author of nine books in the fields of American sports, political, diplomatic, and intellectual history, including his history of American thought Churchmen and Philosophers: Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey (l985); The Rise of American Philosophy: Cambridge Massachusetts, l860-l930 (l976); and Philosophy in America, 1720-2000 (2001). The second of these three won the Phi Beta Kappa book award in the humanities, while Churchmen and Philosophers has been the subject of a symposium sponsored by the American Academy of Religion. His most popular and successful book is one on baseball history, To Every Thing a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia (1991), which has won the Casey Award and the SABR-Macmillan Baseball Prize.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Introduction 1

Part I Making a State

1 The European impact in America, 1494-1676 7

2 North American colonies, 1632-1732 30

3 The colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774 44

4 War and order, 1775-1787 65

Part II Consolidating the Power of the State

5 The culture of politics, 1788-1826 83

6 From coexistence to expansion, 1783-1832 94

7 Nationalism, sectionalism, and slavery, 1820-1861 111

8 Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865 132

9 The sections integrated: South, West, and Northeast, 1865-1896 147

Part III The American State and the World

10 The New Empire, 1890-1917 173

11 Progressive America, 1900-1920 190

12 The crises of progressive capitalism, 1919-1933 212

13 The cosmopolitan New Deal in depression and war, 1933-1945 226

14 Cold War America, 1945-1963 252

Part IV Personal Politics and the State

15 The Long 1960s, 1954-1975 277

16 Cultural divisions and cultural imperialism, 1968-2000 299

Epilogue: America in History, 2001 and After 314

Critical suggestions for reading and study 324

Acknowledgments 335

Index 336

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