The United States: A Brief Narrative History, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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This third edition of The United States: A Brief NarrativeHistory remains a basic, readable, and highly affordable core textfor the introductory survey of United States history. While notintended as the only resource for students enrolled in suchcourses, it remains the most concise U.S. survey on themarket—its length, approach, and price encouraging the use ofsupplementary readings, novels, research projects, and primarydocuments (many of which are available on the Internet) all for aprice that falls well below the list price of a traditional surveytext.

In addition to taking the engaging narrative all the way upthrough the second decade of the twenty-first century, the newedition features new maps. Loyal users will appreciate that factthat the book retains its cultural literacy approach, its livelynarrative style, and highly effective highlighting of the names,terms, and concepts common to an educated person’sunderstanding of American history. Finally, its appendices comprisea useful, annotated text of The Declaration of Independence, theConstitution of the United States, and a list of U.S.Presidents.

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Praise for a previous edition:

"This 'bite sized' approach to American history is as informed and informative as it is engaging and articulate. The United States: A Brief Narrative History is recommended for both school and community library collections, and an ideal read for immigrants new to the country and any others who are seeking a sound, easily absorbed grounding in the basics of American history." (Wisconsin Bookwatch, August, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952789
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 699,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Link Hullar is from Decatur, Alabama, and received hisB.A. and M.A. in studies at Ohio University. He is the author of adozen western novels and more than one hundred articles andstories. In addition to writing books and articles, Links asongwriter and co-writer/co-producer of a televised special on theThree Stooges. In a career that has spanned more than thirty-fiveyears, Link has taught history in middle schools, communitycolleges four-year institutions, and in graduate programs. Inaddition, Link is a priest in the Episcopal Church. He has beenmarried for over thirty-five years to Sharon, and they have twoadult children. All currently reside in Spring, Texas.

Scott A. Nelson was born in California and raised in theTexas Panhandle. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houstonand two degrees from North Texas State University (now theUniversity of North Texas). He has taught history and governmentfor thirty-one years at various schools, colleges, and universitiesin Texas. Scott has published one previous book, The Discourses ofAlgernon Sidney (1993), and a wide v variety of articles in theHouston Law Review, and The Texas Observer, the Houston Chronicle,and Texas Monthly, among others. He works for the Texas CommunityCollege Teachers Association and teaches history at TexasWomen’s University. He lives in Denton, Texas, with his wife,Jane.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi


American’s First Nations 1
Philip Weeks

Chapter Review 13

Chapter 1 Discovery, Exploration, and Colonization 15

Chapter Review 23

Chapter 2 Revolution and Independence 25

Chapter Review 32

Chapter 3 The Young Republic 35

Chapter Review 45

Chapter 4 Jefferson and the Democratic Republic 47

Chapter Review 56

Chapter 5 The Age of Jackson 57

Chapter Review 66

Chapter 6 The West (Pre-Civil War) 68

Chapter Review 72

Chapter 7 Sectional Conflict 73

Chapter Review 80

Chapter 8 Civil War and Reconstruction 82

Chapter Review 89

Chapter 9 The West (Post-Civil War) 91

Chapter Review 96

Chapter 10 The Gilded Age and Imperial America 97

Chapter Review 109

Chapter 11 Populism, Progressivism, and the Great War 111

Chapter Review 123

Chapter 12 Boom, Bust, and the New Deal 125

Chapter Review 135

Chapter 13 World War II and the Origins of the Cold War 137

Chapter Review 152

Chapter 14 Postwar America: The Fifties and Sixties 154

Chapter Review 167

Chapter 15 Retrenchment: The Seventies and Eighties 169

Chapter Review 179

Chapter 16 Cold War Ends, War on Terror Begins 181

Chapter Review 195

Appendix A The Declaration of Independence 197

Appendix B The Constitution of the United States 202

Appendix C Presidents of the United States of America 227

Index 231


The First Thirteen States, 1779 34

Growth of the U.S. to 1853 67

Secession, 1861 81

North African and European Campaigns 141

U.S. Offensive against Japan 145

Cold War Europe 149

The Middle East 183

The United States (front endpaper)

The World (back endpaper)

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