The American Promise Value Edition, Volume II: From 1865: 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: 9781457613470
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 41,005
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Versions and Supplements
Maps and Figures
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
Chapter 17
The Contested West, 1865-1900
Opening Vignette: Frederick Jackson Turner delivers his "frontier thesis"
Conquest and Empire in the West
Forced Assimilation and Resistance Strategies
Gold Fever and the Mining West
Land Fever
Conclusion: The West in the Gilded Age
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 18
Business and Politics in the Gilded Age, 1865-1900
Opening Vignette: Mark Twain and the Gilded Age
Old Industries Transformed, New Industries Born
From Competition to Consolidation
Politics and Culture
Presidential Politics
Economic Issues and Party Realignment
Conclusion: Business Dominates an Era
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 19
The City and Its Workers, 1870-1900
Opening Vignette: Workers build the Brooklyn Bridge
The Rise of the City
At Work in Industrial America
Workers Organize
At Home and at Play
City Growth and City Government
Conclusion: Who Built the Cities?
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 20
Dissent, Depression, and War, 1890-1900
Opening Vignette: Frances Willard participates in the creation of the Populist Party in 1892
The Farmers’ Revolt
The Labor Wars
Women’s Activism
Depression Politics
The United States and the World
War and Empire
Conclusion: Rallying around the Flag
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 21
Progressivism from the Grass Roots to the White House, 1890-1916
Opening Vignette: Jane Addams founds Hull House
Grassroots Progressivism
Progressivism: Theory and Practice
Progressivism Finds a President: Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson and Progressivism at High Tide
The Limits of Progressive Reform
Conclusion: The Transformation of the Liberal State
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 22
World War I: The Progressive Crusade at Home and Abroad, 1914-1920
Opening Vignette: Doughboy George "Brownie" Browne sees combat on the frontlines in France
Woodrow Wilson and the World
"Over There"
The Crusade for Democracy at Home
A Compromised Peace
Democracy at Risk
Conclusion: Troubled Crusade
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 23
From New Era to Great Depression, 1920-1932
Opening Vignette: Henry Ford puts America on wheels
The New Era
The Roaring Twenties
Resistance to Change
The Great Crash
Life in the Depression
Conclusion: Dazzle and Despair
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 24
The New Deal Experiment, 1932-1939
Opening Vignette: "Migrant Mother" Florence Owens struggles to survive in the Great Depression
Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Patrician in Government
Launching the New Deal
Challenges to the New Deal
Toward a Welfare State
The New Deal from Victory to Deadlock
Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of the New Deal
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 25
The United States and the Second World War, 1939-1945
Opening Vignette: Colonel Paul Tibbets drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
Peacetime Dilemmas
The Onset of War
Mobilizing for War
Fighting Back
The Wartime Home Front
Toward Unconditional Surrender
Conclusion: Allied Victory and America’s Emergence as a Superpower
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 26
Cold War Politics in the Truman Years, 1945-1953
Opening Vignette: Helen Gahagan Douglas, congresswoman and loyal Truman ally, supports the Marshall Plan, the creation of NATO, and the war in Korea
From the Grand Alliance to Containment
Truman and the Fair Deal at Home
The Cold War Becomes Hot: Korea Conclusion: The Cold War’s Costs and Consequences
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 27
The Politics and Culture of Abundance, 1952-1960
Opening Vignette: Vice President Richard Nixon debates Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev
Eisenhower and the Politics of the "Middle Way"
Liberation Rhetoric and the Practice of Containment
New Work and Living Patterns in an Economy of Abundance
The Culture of Abundance
The Emergence of a Civil Rights Movement
Conclusion: Peace and Prosperity Mask Unmet Challenges
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 28
Reform, Rebellion, and Reaction, 1960-1974
Opening Vignette: Fannie Lou Hamer leads grassroots struggles of African Americans for voting rights and political empowerment
Liberalism at High Tide
The Second Reconstruction
A Multitude of Movements
The New Wave of Feminism
Liberal Reform in the Nixon Administration
Conclusion: Achievements and Limitations of Liberalism
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 29
Vietnam and the End of the Cold War Consensus, 1961-1975
Opening Vignette: Lieutenant Frederick Downs, Jr., is wounded in Vietnam and returns home to a country divided over the war
New Frontiers in Foreign Policy
Lyndon Johnson’s War against Communism
A Nation Polarized
Nixon, Detente, and the Search for Peace in Vietnam
Conclusion: An Unwinnable War
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 30
America Moves to the Right, 1969-1989
Opening Vignette: Phyllis Schlafly promotes conservatism
Nixon, Conservatism, and Constitutional Crisis
The "Outsider" Presidency of Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan and the Conservative Ascendancy
Continuing Struggles over Rights
Ronald Reagan Confronts an "Evil Empire"
Conclusion: Reversing the Course of Government
Reviewing the Chapter
Chapter 31
The Promises and Challenges of Globalization, Since 1989
Opening Vignette: Colin Powell adjusts to a post-Cold War world
Domestic Stalemate and Global Upheaval: The Presidency of George H.W. Bush
The Clinton Administration’s Search for the Middle Ground
The United States in a Globalizing World
President George W. Bush: Conservatism at Home and Radical Initiatives Abroad
The Obama Presidency: Reform and Backlash
Conclusion: Defining the Government’s Role at Home and Abroad
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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