The American Past: A Survey of American History, Volume I: To 1877 / Edition 9

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Overview

America's past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That's why Conlin's THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures' lives, you'll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower. Along the way, you'll find the human dimension emphasized with the stories of men and women of different regional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds described in colorful detail.

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"I give the Conlin text an A+ on readability."

"In my view [Conlin] has two related strengths: clear, compelling writing and pithy profiles of individual human beings who populate the text. This is a story with colorfully drawn characters. It works very well as a relatively traditional but very smart political history."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495572886
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 841,313
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Conlin was born in Philadelphia and educated at Villanova University (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., Ph.D.). He taught American history at half a dozen colleges and universities, spending most of his career at California State University, Chico. He was a Fulbright Professor in Rome and Salzburg and was twice Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Social History Centre at Warwick University, England. For 30 years (60 semesters), with a few subtracted for sabbaticals, he taught between one and four sections of the United States history survey course each term, a total of about 200 times. He won four awards for excellence in teaching. Conlin has written a dozen books, about 70 articles in scholarly journals and magazines of popular history, some 100 book reviews in a variety of journals, and more newspaper journalism than he can or cares to remember. Several of his published essays and one book were awarded "best of the year" prizes.

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Table of Contents

1. Discoveries: Indians, Europeans, and the Americas About 15,000 B.C. to A.D. 1550. 2. England at Home, England Overseas: The Roanoke and Jamestown Colonies 1530-1607. 3. Thirteen Colonies: England's North American Empire 1608-1732. 4. Old World Intentions, New World Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600s. 5. Outsiders: Colonial Indians and Africans. 6. Contest for a Continent: French America and British America 1608-1763. 7. Family Quarrels: Dissension in the Colonies 1763-1770. 8. From Riot to Rebellion: The Road to Independence 1770-1776. 9. The War for Independence: The Rebels Defeated, The Rebels Victorious 1776-1781. 10. Inventing a Country: American Constitutions 1781-1789. 11. We the People: Putting the Constitution to Work 1789-1800. 12. The Age of Thomas Jefferson: Expanding the Nation 1800-1815. 13. Nationalist Stirrings: Culture, Politics, Diplomacy 1815-1824. 14. Machines, Cotton, Land: The American Economy and Society 1790-1824. 15. The People's Hero: Andrew Jackson and a New Era 1824-1830. 16. In the Shadow of Old Hickory: Personalities and Politics 1830-1842. 17. Religion and Reform: Evangelicals and Enthusiasts 1800-1850. 18. The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the South. 19. From Sea to Shining Sea: Expansion 1820-1848. 20. Apples of Discord: Lands, Slaves, Immigrants 1844-1856. 21. The Collapse of the Union: From Debate to Violence 1854-1861. 22. Tidy Plans, Ugly Realities: The Civil War through 1862. 23. Driving Dixie Down: General Grant's War of Attrition 1863-1865. 24. Aftermath: The Era of Reconstruction 1863-1877.

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