The American Past: A Survey of American History, Volume I: To 1877 / Edition 8

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Overview


Intended for U.S. History Survey courses offered in history departments at both 2- and 4-year institutions. This introductory-level course (freshman/sophomore) is taken as either a general education requirement or as a pre-requisite for history majors. Can be used for one-semester and/or two-semester courses.
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"I give the Conlin text an A+ on readability…."

"I like the length of the chapters and the vast amount of material which is available to students through the accompanying online site."

"Without question, its readability and the author's wit are its unique assets."

"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."

"This text is highly readable…. I think it is better written than most other textbooks I have used; bravo to the author…."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495050575
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Series: American past (Thomson Wadsworth) Ser.
  • Edition description: 8TH
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (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.-A.D. 1550. 2. Settlements Across the Sea: Motives, Failures, and Finally, a Colony 1550-1624. 3. Thirteen Colonies: England's North American Empire 1620-1732. 4. English Designs, American Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600s. 5. Other Americans: Indians and Africans in the Colonies. 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 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 Jefferson: Frustration Abroad 1800-1815. 13. Nationalism: Culture, Politics, Diplomacy 1815-1824. 14. Machines, Cotton, Land: 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: Southern Slavery. 19. From Sea to Shining Sea: Expansion 1820-1848. 20. Apples of Discord: Western Lands and Immigration 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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