The Fifth Edition of The Brief American Pageant focuses on the great public debates that have shaped American history and presents those debates in a vivid chronological narrative. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and a highly-readable writing style are hallmarks of this text.
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Meet the Author
David M. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University. His first book, BIRTH CONTROL IN AMERICA: THE CAREER OF MARGARET SANGER, was honored with both the Bancroft Prize and the John Gilmary Shea Prize. He has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American political, diplomatic, intellectual, and social history, and in American literature. Dr. Kennedy published a volume in the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929--1945, for which he was honored with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and he served from 2002--2011 on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Lizabeth Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the history department and the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2007--2008 she was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Previously, she taught at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. The author of many articles and essays, Dr. Cohen was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, MAKING A NEW DEAL: INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CHICAGO, 1919--1939, for which she later won the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Labor History Award. She authored A CONSUMERS' REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA (2003), and is currently writing SAVING AMERICA'S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE, on urban renewal in American cities after World War II. At Harvard, she has taught courses in 20th century American history, with particular attention to the intersection of social and cultural life and politics. She now oversees the Radcliffe Institute, a major center for scholarly research, creative arts, and public programs.
Mel Piehl received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is professor of Humanities and History at Valparaiso University. His scholarly interests center on American intellectual and religious history, with particular emphasis on American Catholic history and the relations between religion and social thought. His book, BREAKING BREAD: THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL WORKER AND THE ORIGIN OF CATHOLIC RADICALISM IN AMERICA, was a finalist for the Robert Kennedy National Book Award. Dr. Piehl has written numerous articles on American Catholicism for various journals. He was the Baepler Distinguished Professor of Humanities from 1998-2000 and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Dayton from 2001-2002.
1. New World Beginnings. 2. The Planting of English America. 3. Settling the Northern Colonies. 4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century. 5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution. 6. The Duel for North America. 7. The Road to Revolution. 8. America Secedes from the Empire. 9. The Confederation and the Constitution. 10. Launching the New Ship of State. 11. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic. 12. The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism. 13. The Rise of a Mass Democracy. 14. Forging the National Economy. 15. The Ferment of Reform and Culture. 16. The South and the Slavery Controversy. 17. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy. 18. Renewing the Sectional Struggle. 19. Drifting Toward Disunion. 20. Girding for War: The North and the South. 21. The Furnace of Civil War. 22. The Ordeal of Reconstruction. 23. Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age. 24. Industry Comes of Age. 25. America Moves to the City. 26. The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution. 27. Empire and Expansion. 28. Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt. 29. Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad. 30. The War to End War. 31. American Life in the "Roaring Twenties." 32. The Politics of Boom and Bust. 33. The Great Depression and the New Deal. 34. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War. 35. America in World War II. 36. The Cold War Begins. 37. The Eisenhower Era. 38. The Stormy Sixties. 39. The Stalemated Seventies. 40. The Resurgence of Conservatism. 41. America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era. 42. The American People Face a New Century.