The American Promise Value Edition, Volume I: To 1877: A History of the United States / Edition 5

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The new two-color Value Edition of The American Promise is the ideal solution for instructors and students who want a full-length narrative at a low price. A clear political framework supports a dynamic social and cultural story enlivened by the voices of hundreds of Americans who help students connect with history and grasp important concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457613463
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 37,295
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Versions and Supplements
Maps and Figures
Chapter 1
Ancient America: Before 1492
Opening Vignette: An archeological dig helps uncover ancient North American traditions
Archaeology and History
The First Americans
Archaic Hunters and Gatherers
Agricultural Settlements and Chiefdoms
Native Americans in the 1490s
The Mexica: A Mesoamerican Culture
Conclusion: The World of Ancient Americans
Reviewing the Chapter

Chapter 2
Europeans Encounter the New World, 1492-1600
Opening Vignette: Queen Isabella of Spain supports Christopher Columbus’s risky plan to sail west across the Atlantic
Europe in the Age of Exploration
A Surprising New World in the Western Atlantic
Spanish Exploration and Conquest
The New World and Sixteenth-Century Europe
Conclusion: The Promise of the New World for Europeans
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 3
The Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700
Opening Vignette: Pocahontas "rescues" John Smith
An English Colony on Chesapeake Bay
A Tobacco Society
Hierarchy and Inequality in the Chesapeake
Toward a Slave Labor System
Conclusion: The Growth of English Colonies Based on Export Crops and Slave Labor
Reviewing the Chapter

Chapter 4
The Northern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700
Opening Vignette: Roger Williams is banished from Puritan Massachusetts
Puritans and the Settlement of New England
The Evolution of New England Society
The Founding of the Middle Colonies
The Colonies and the English Empire
Conclusion: An English Model of Colonization in North America
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 5
Colonial America in the Eighteenth Century, 1701-1770
Opening Vignette: The Robin Johns experience horrific turns of fortune in the Atlantic slave trade
A Growing Population and Expanding Economy in British North America
New England: From Puritan Settlers to Yankee Traders
The Middle Colonies: Immigrants, Wheat, and Work
The Southern Colonies: Land of Slavery
Unifying Experiences
Conclusion: The Dual Identity of British North American Colonists
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 6
The British Empire and the Colonial Crisis, 1754-1775
Opening Vignette: Loyalist governor Thomas Hutchinson stands his ground in radical Massachusetts
The Seven Years’ War, 1754-1763
The Sugar and Stamp Acts, 1763-1765
The Townshend Acts and Economic Retaliation, 1767-1770
The Destruction of the Tea and the Coercive Acts, 1770-1774
Domestic Insurrections, 1774-1775
Conclusion: The Long Road to Revolution
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 7
The War for America, 1775-1783
Opening Vignette: Deborah Sampson masquerades as a man to join the Continental army
The Second Continental Congress
The First Year of War, 1775-1776
The Home Front
The Campaigns of 1777-1779: The North and West
The Southern Strategy and the End of the War
Conclusion: Why the British Lost
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 8
Building a Republic, 1775-1789
Opening Vignette: James Madison comes of age in the midst of revolution
The Articles of Confederation
The Sovereign States
The Confederation’s Problems
The United States Constitution
Ratification of the Constitution
Conclusion: The "Republican Remedy"
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 9
The New Nation Takes Form, 1789-1800
Opening Vignette: Brilliant and brash, Alexander Hamilton becomes a polarizing figure in the 1790s
The Search for Stability
Hamilton’s Economic Policies
Conflict on America’s Borders and Beyond
Federalists and Republicans
Conclusion: Parties Nonetheless
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 10
Republicans in Power, 1800-1824
Opening Vignette: The Shawnee chief Tecumseh attempts to forge a pan-Indian confederacy
Jefferson’s Presidency
Opportunities and Challenges in the West
Jefferson, the Madisons, and the War of 1812
Women’s Status in the Early Republic
Monroe and Adams
Conclusion: Republican Simplicity Becomes Complex
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 11
The Expanding Republic, 1815-1840
Opening Vignette: The Grimke sisters speak out against slavery
The Market Revolution
The Spread of Democracy
Jackson Defines the Democratic Party
Cultural Shifts, Religion, and Reform
Van Buren’s One-Term Presidency
Conclusion: The Age of Jackson or the Era of Reform?
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 12
The New West and the Free North, 1840-1860
Opening Vignette: With the support of his wife, Abraham Lincoln struggles to survive in antebellum America
Economic and Industrial Evolution
Free Labor: Promise and Reality
The Westward Movement
Expansion and the Mexican-American War
Reforming Self and Society
Conclusion: Free Labor, Free Men
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 13
The Slave South, 1820-1860
Opening Vignette: Slave Nat Turner leads a revolt to end slavery
The Growing Distinctiveness of the South
Masters and Mistresses in the Big House
Slaves in the Quarter
The Plain Folk
Black and Free: On the Middle Ground
The Politics of Slavery
Conclusion: A Slave Society
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 14
The House Divided, 1846-1861
Opening Vignette: Abolitionist John Brown takes his war against slavery to Harpers Ferry, Virginia
The Bitter Fruits of War
The Sectional Balance Undone
Realignment of the Party System
Freedom under Siege
The Union Collapses
Conclusion: Slavery, Free Labor, and the Failure of Political Compromise
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 15
The Crucible of War, 1861-1865
Opening Vignette: Runaway slave William Gould enlists in the U.S. navy
"And the War Came"
The Combatants
Battling It Out, 1861-1862
Union and Freedom
The South at War
The North at War
Grinding Out Victory, 1863-1865
Conclusion: The Second American Revolution
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 16
Reconstruction, 1863-1877
Opening Vignette: James T. Rapier emerges in the early 1870s as Alabama’s most prominent black leader
Wartime Reconstruction
Presidential Reconstruction
Congressional Reconstruction
The Struggle in the South
Reconstruction Collapses
Conclusion: "A Revolution But Half Accomplished"  
Reviewing the Chapter
The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
The Constitution of the United States
Amendments to the Constitution with Annotations (including six unratified amendments)
Glossary of Historical Vocabulary
About the Authors
About the Cover Art

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