In this second and revised edition of The Unfinished Nation, Alan Brinkley provides a clear account of the American chronicle that strikes a balance between the new diversity in scholarship and the narrative unity that any general history must have. Brinkley makes plain that one can incorporate the rich and varied experiences of America's many cultures into a coherent and compelling account and at the same time retain a sense of what ties Americans together as members of an often troubled but remarkably successful nation. The revised edition pays particular attention to fresh scholarship on the American West, on Hispanic Americans, and on Asian Americans. There is a new section on the rise of the contemporary political right, and an enlargement of coverage of the Vietnam War.
This one-volume history of the U.S. by one of our foremost historians tells of the country's diversity and complexity and also of "the forces that have drawn it together and allowed it to survive and flourish despite division." A superb rendering of the American past that vividly portrays a complex and great nation.
In addition to being a best selling textbook author, ALAN BRINKLEY is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and former Provost at Columbia University. He is the author of Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; and Liberalism and its Discontents. His most recent books are John F. Kennedy: The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963 and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century both published recently. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard and taught previously at MIT, Harvard, and the City University Graduate School before joining the Columbia faculty In 1991. In 1998-1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He won the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award at Harvard in 1987 and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the National Humanities Center and Oxford University Press, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation.
He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the University of Torino (Italy). He was the 1998-1999 Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.
Chapter 1: The Meeting of CulturesAmerica Before Columbus Europe Looks Westward The Arrival of the EnglishConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The American Population Before ColumbusAmerica in the World: The Atlantic Context of Early American HistoryAmerica in the World: Mercantilism and Colonial CommerceChapter 2: Transplantations and BorderlandsThe Early ChesapeakeThe Growth of New EnglandThe Restoration ColoniesBorderlands and Middle GroundsThe Development of EmpireConclusionFor Further Reference Debating the Past: Native Americans and "The Middle Ground"Chapter 3: Society and Culture in Provincial AmericaThe Colonial PopulationThe Colonial EconomiesPatterns of SocietyAwakenings and EnlightenmentsConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Origins of SlaveryDebating the Past: The Witchcraft TrialsChapter 4: The Empire in TransitionLoosening TiesThe Struggle for the ContinentThe New ImperialismStirrings of RevoltCooperation and WarConclusionFor Further Reference America in the World: The First Global WarPatterns of Popular Culture: Taverns in Revolutionary MassachusettsChapter 5: The American RevolutionThe States UnitedThe War for IndependenceWar and SocietyThe Creation of State GovernmentsThe Search for a National GovernmentConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The American RevolutionAmerica in the World: The Age of RevolutionsChapter 6: The Constitution and the New RepublicFraming a New GovernmentAdoption and AdaptationFederalists and RepublicansEstablishing National SovereigntyThe Downfall of the FederalistsConclusionFor Further Reference Debating the Past: The Background of the Constitution Chapter 7: The Jeffersonian EraThe Rise of Cultural NationalismStirrings of IndustrialismJefferson the PresidentDoubling the National DomainExpansion and WarThe War of 1812ConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Global Industrial RevolutionPatterns of Popular Culture: Horse RacingChapter 8: Varieties of American NationalismStabilizing Economic GrowthExpanding WestwardThe "Era of Good Feelings"Sectionalism and NationalismThe Revival of OppositionConclusionFor Further Reference Chapter 9: Jacksonian AmericaThe Rise of Mass Politics"Our Federal Union"The Removal of the IndiansJackson and the Bank WarThe Emergence of the Second Party SystemPolitics After JacksonConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: Jacksonian DemocracyPatterns of Popular Culture: The Penny PressChapter 10: America's Economic RevolutionThe Changing American PopulationTransportation and Communications RevolutionsCommerce and IndustryMen and Women at WorkPatterns of SocietyThe Agricultural NorthConclusionFor Further ReferencePatterns of Popular Culture: Shakespeare in AmericaChapter 11: Cotton, Slavery, and the Old SouthThe Cotton EconomySouthern White SocietyThe "Peculiar Institution"The Culture of SlaveryConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Character of SlaveryChapter 12: Antebellum Culture and ReformThe Romantic ImpulseRemaking SocietyThe Crusade Against SlaveryConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Abolition of SlaveryChapter 13: The Impending CrisisLooking WestwardExpansion and WarThe Sectional DebateThe Crisis of the 1850s ConclusionFor Further ReferenceChapter 14: The Civil WarThe Secession CrisisThe Mobilization of the NorthThe Mobilization of the SouthStrategy and DiplomacyCampaigns and BattlesConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Causes of the Civil WarPatterns of Popular Culture: Baseball and the Civil WarChapter 15: Reconstruction and the New SouthThe Problems of PeacemakingRadical ReconstructionThe South in ReconstructionThe Grant AdministrationThe Abandonment of ReconstructionThe New SouthConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: ReconstructionChapter 16: The Conquest of the Far WestThe Societies of the Far WestThe Changing Western EconomyThe Romance of the WestThe Dispersal of the TribesThe Rise and Decline of the Western FarmerConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Frontier and the WestChapter 17: Industrial SupremacySources of Industrial GrowthCapitalism and Its CriticsThe Ordeal of the WorkerConclusionFor Further ReferencePatterns of Popular Culture: The Novels of Horatio AlgerChapter 18: The Age of the CityThe New Urban GrowthThe Urban LandscapeStrains of Urban LifeThe Rise of Mass ConsumptionLeisure in the Consumer SocietyHigh Culture in the Urban AgeConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: Global MigrationsChapter 19: From Crisis to Empire The Politics of EquilibriumThe Agrarian RevoltThe Crisis of the 1890sStirrings of ImperialismWar with SpainThe Republic as EmpireConclusionFor Further Reference Debating the Past: PopulismAmerica in the World: ImperialismChapter 20: The ProgressivesThe Progressive Impulse Women and Reform The Assault on the Parties Sources of Progressive Reform Crusades for Order and Reform Theodore Roosevelt and the Modern Presidency The Troubled Succession Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom Conclusion For Further Reference Debating the Past: ProgressivismAmerican in the World: Social DemocracyChapter 21: America and the Great WarThe "Big Stick": America and the World, 1901-1917The Road to War"War Without Stint"The Search for a New World OrderA Society in TurmoilConclusionFor Further ReferencePatterns of Popular Culture: Billy Sunday and Modern RevivalismChapter 22: The New EraThe New EconomyThe New CultureA Conflict of CulturesRepublican GovernmentConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The CinemaChapter 23: The Great DepressionThe Coming of the DepressionThe American People in Hard TimesThe Depression and American CultureThe Ordeal of Herbert HooverConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: Causes of the Great DepressionAmerica in the World: The Global DepressionChapter 24: The New DealLaunching the New DealThe New Deal in TransitionThe New Deal in DisarrayLimits and Legacies of the New DealConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The New DealPatterns of Popular Culture: The Golden Age of Comic BooksChapter 25: The Global Crisis, 1921-1941The Diplomacy of the New EraIsolationism and InternationalismFrom Neutrality to Intervention ConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Question of Pearl HarborAmerica in the World: The Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1941Chapter 26: America in a World at WarWar on Two FrontsThe American Economy in WartimeRace and Gender in Wartime AmericaAnxiety and Affluence in Wartime CultureThe Defeat of the AxisConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Decision to Drop the Atomic BombChapter 27: The Cold WarOrigins of the Cold WarThe Collapse of the PeaceAmerica After the WarThe Korean WarThe Crusade Against SubversionConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Cold WarDebating the Past: McCarthyismChapter 28: The Affluent SocietyThe Economic "Miracle"The Explosion of Science and TechnologyPeople of PlentyThe Other AmericaThe Rise of the Civil Rights MovementEisenhower RepublicanismEisenhower, Dulles, and the Cold WarConclusionFor Further ReferencePatterns of Popular Culture: Lucy and DesiChapter 29: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and The Ordeal of LiberalismExpanding the Liberal StateThe Battle for Racial Equality"Flexible Response" and the Cold WarThe Agony of VietnamThe Traumas of 1968 ConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: The Civil Rights MovementDebating the Past: The Vietnam CommitmentAmerica in the World: 1968Chapter 30: The Crisis of AuthorityYouth CultureThe Mobilization of MinoritiesThe New FeminismEnvironmentalism in a Turbulent SocietyNixon, Kissinger, and the WarNixon, Kissinger, and the WorldPolitics and Economics in the Nixon YearsThe Watergate CrisisConclusionFor Further ReferenceDebating the Past: WatergateAmerica in the World: The End of ColonialismChapter 31: From the "Age of Limits" to the Age of ReaganPolitics and Diplomacy After WatergateThe Rise of the New American RightThe "Reagan Revolution"America and the Waning of the Cold WarConclusionFor Further Reference Patterns of Popular Culture: The MallChapter 32: The Age of GlobalizationThe Resurgence of PartisanshipThe Economic BoomScience and Technology in the New EconomyA Changing SocietyA Contested CultureThe Perils of GlobalizationConclusionFor Further ReferenceAmerica in the World: The Global Environmental Movement